wrong end of the stick

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

wrong end of the stick (uncountable)

  1. A wrong idea about something, a misconception.
    As usual, the newspapers got hold of the wrong end of the stick and stated the whole problem in reverse.

Usage notesEdit

  • Usually expressed as get hold of the wrong end of the stick, or grasp the wrong end of the stick, or other similar form.
Last modified on 12 February 2014, at 19:09