Meaning of WRONG in English

WRONG

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a false/wrong move (= made by mistake )

One wrong move and the business might never recover.

a false/wrong move (= in the wrong direction )

One false move, and she’d fall over the edge.

a wrong/false/mistaken assumption

Both theories are based on a single wrong assumption.

a wrong/misleading impression

The advertisement gave a misleading impression of the product.

an incorrect/wrong diagnosis

The doctors apparently made an incorrect diagnosis.

be in the wrong gear

The straining noises from the engine told him that he was in the wrong gear.

came out all wrong (= not in the way I intended )

I tried to explain everything to her, but it came out all wrong .

dead right/wrong

You’re dead wrong, so let me handle this.

fall into the wrong hands

We must not let these documents fall into the wrong hands .

fundamentally wrong

The conclusions of the report are fundamentally wrong .

get your facts wrong

It’s no use putting together a beautifully-written argument if you get your facts wrong.

go badly wrong (= go wrong in a serious way )

Their election campaign had gone badly wrong.

gone horribly wrong

The plan had gone horribly wrong .

guess right/correctly/wrong

If you guess correctly, you have another turn.

in the right/wrong frame of mind

You have to be in the right frame of mind to play well.

morally wrong

What you did wasn’t illegal, but it was morally wrong .

not far off/out/wrong (= close to being correct )

I guessed it would cost $100 and it was $110, so I was not far out.

nothing wrong

There’s nothing wrong with the data.

prove sb wrong/right

See if you can prove me wrong.

sb's calculations are wrong/inaccurate

Some of our calculations were wrong.

seriously wrong

I was worried there was something seriously wrong with me.

something wrong (= a problem )

I think there’s something wrong with the phone.

spell sth wrong/wrongly

You’ve spelled my name wrong.

take the first/a wrong etc turn (= go along the first etc road )

I think we took a wrong turn coming out of town.

Take the second turn on the left.

taken...wrong turning

He must have taken a wrong turning in the dark.

the right/wrong answer

Do you know the right answer to this question?

the right/wrong choice

I think you’ve made the right choice.

the right/wrong direction

Are you sure this is the right direction for Shipton?

the right/wrong kind

It wasn’t the right kind of holiday for me.

the wrong conclusion

Reporters saw the couple together and leapt to the wrong conclusion.

the wrong decision

I thought I'd made the wrong decision marrying Jeff.

the wrong order

The pages had been put in the wrong order.

the wrong signals (= ones that do not give a true account of a situation )

Reducing the penalty for marijuana use perhaps sends the wrong signal to teenagers.

the wrong way

There is a right way and a wrong way to do it.

the wrong way

He had ended up going the wrong way down a one-way street.

wrong

Unfortunately all the advice they gave me was wrong.

wrong/false

He was jailed for providing false information to the police.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

badly

It was then that things had gone badly wrong .

By the late seventies many observers were concluding that something had gone badly wrong with initially well-motivated regulation.

How did things go so badly wrong so quickly?

If one accepts Levitt's analysis, Hoover got their marketing badly wrong .

When Rebecca emerged into the sunlight, it was clear that something was badly wrong .

Where on this conjoined road of shared experiences did the Prime Minister go so badly wrong and become a Tory?

That alone would have been enough to show something was badly wrong .

Since then, despite deep and life changing bonds being formed, some relationships have at times threatened to go badly wrong .

horribly

But then its aspirations all went horribly wrong .

Doctors feared an air rifle pellet had pierced his brain when the joke went horribly wrong .

The initial experiment went horribly wrong .

And how can you guarantee a reasonable level of support in case something does go horribly wrong ?

It could have gone horribly wrong .

But what are the chances that something might go horribly wrong ?

Negotiations, in the hands of the inept or inexperienced, can go horribly wrong .

The whole plan had gone horribly wrong , but when?

morally

Such testimony was not necessarily regarded as morally wrong .

It would be morally wrong to do otherwise.

Why is insider dealing morally wrong ?

On the other hand, the child who has some expectation that Lying will go unpunished sees nothing morally wrong with lying.

The assertion that some particular type of conduct is morally wrong because it is may appear unsatisfactory but it is unchallengeable.

It follows that it is wrong to convict and punish some one who has done nothing morally wrong.

It is on this basis that many see insider dealing as morally wrong .

I have a nagging sense of being unsatisfied with my behaviour, as though I was doing something morally wrong .

quite

If that is the reason then it is quite wrong .

It would be quite wrong to suggest that the only influence on mate choice is relative familiarity.

Paul had been quite wrong to call Michele cold and unfeeling.

Eisenhower was quite wrong to worry.

It may be difficult, but it is not complicated, and if it gets complicated there is something quite wrong .

An absolute knowledge for it, and I see the picture of it, and it's quite wrong .

You're quite wrong , Harriet.

It would, for example, be quite wrong to imagine that opposition to the Copernican theory derived only from religious prejudice.

seriously

And by summer 1987 - still a year before Barlow Clowes was closed - it was obvious that something was seriously wrong .

We would call in a specialist and try to find out if there was anything seriously wrong .

What does matter is that something seems seriously wrong with Gaia.

And I think I must conclude that, in spite of the well-established format, something is going seriously wrong here.

Nothing seriously wrong , but she had been sick a lot, slept badly from indigestion, and was disappointed with herself.

They said there'd better be something seriously wrong with me.

It means that we're putting things right when things have gone seriously wrong .

very

Immediately we realise that something is very wrong .

Something was wrong , very wrong.

The whole thing could go very wrong .

The conclusion was inevitable: there must be something very wrong with a system in which such faults were normal.

When things went wrong in this kind of game, they went very wrong.

You see him there and you know something is very wrong .

If he accepted that Celia had been driven to taking her life, it meant there was something very wrong with his.

But to my ear, there is something very wrong with the way Vasquez spins it.

■ NOUN

answer

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions.

With contemporary art, there is not always a right or wrong answer .

The teacher was told by the researcher to regard silence as a wrong answer and to punish it accordingly.

They found no clearly right and wrong answers in dealing with people.

But it's the wrong answer .

Conversely, they attached little value to questions to which there were simply short right or wrong answers .

Note that there are no right or wrong answers and that your answers are entirely anonymous.

A number of wrong answers are detailed at the top of these pages.

decision

Secondly, central bankers, like other human beings, can take the wrong decisions .

It was not necessarily the wrong decision .

All the wrong decisions of Preston's life had come from feeling vulnerable.

While training schoolchildren to deal with threatening situations, they found many were making the wrong decisions .

With hindsight in Andrew Hagans case they made the wrong decision .

Mr Major must be a man with a beleaguered mentality - not thinking particularly straight, tending to take the wrong decisions .

If sometimes they're the wrong decisions ... too bad.

direction

But the politicians are looking for it in the wrong direction .

How can so much movement in the wrong direction be accomplished in one year?

He urged him to go to the local hotel, only twelve miles in the wrong direction .

You went the wrong direction five times a day!

I feel only that we have taken a wrong direction somewhere, and are blindly stumbling on because our leaders blindfold us.

But I am heavier and headed in the wrong direction .

Apparently, one out of every 16 signposts at crossroads in the region are pointing in the wrong direction .

He could hear the old man rummaging in there, completely unaware that things were now somehow turned in the wrong direction .

end

Watcher, lamppost, fancy being on the wrong end of a chat?

A bright red Porsche came in from the wrong end , ignoring the arrows and signs.

She looked at the singer and his wife as if from the wrong end of a telescope.

And the wrong end of the stick.

The hon. Gentleman has got the wrong end of the stick about how they work.

Whoever suggested the grandiose title and subtitle of this book was looking down the wrong end of a microscope.

He'd been at the wrong end when a small company went bust in the city.

But they appeared to me as if seen through the wrong end of a telescope, muted and unreal.

foot

She likes to see the fastening, which means that for convenience, the shoe ends up on the wrong foot .

We got off on the wrong foot the other day and it was my fault.

Your weight was on the wrong foot .

Unfortunately, Pope got off on the wrong foot with his new troops.

That's what I did - got off on the wrong foot .

Mind you, the boots are on wrong feet which makes us smile - cross-legged feat!

Many women, through no fault of their own, appear to start off on the wrong foot .

In Division Three Hereford have kicked off with the wrong foot .

hand

A crossed cheque therefore gives some protection against fraud if it falls into the wrong hands .

Pentagon officials say they have already had some success reducing the risk that nuclear materials will fall into the wrong hands .

It's surprising what can become dangerous in the wrong hands .

Another worry is that nuclear material from defunct nuclear power plants and dismantled nuclear weapons might end up in the wrong hands .

And images of Kurds on tape could fall into the wrong hands .

In my haste I had shoved the wrong hand into the wrong pocket and pulled out the wrong ball!

I will never allow Kirsty to fall into the wrong hands .

All the excess food is in the wrong places or in the wrong hands .

idea

People have quite the wrong idea about vampires, you see.

We have an entirely wrong idea of ourselves through the pictures in our minds.

A lot of people get the wrong idea .

She further offended doctors by clinging to patently wrong ideas .

People have got the wrong idea about this one.

Vitalism, like every wrong idea , contains a useful sliver of truth.

People often got the wrong idea about Nanny Ogg, and she took care to see that they did.

Too much makeup will give the boys the wrong idea .

impression

He was beginning to get entirely the wrong impression , and that really annoyed - and disturbed - her.

You know we got the wrong impression of a revolution.

We now accept that the report was based upon inaccurate information and conveyed completely the wrong impression about Linford.

They gave the wrong impression , sent the wrong signal.

And if all that sounds a bit pious, I've created the wrong impression .

Mr Fallon says any move to make Darlington a development area would create a wrong impression .

Besides, the words could be construed as flirtatious, and she didn't want him getting the wrong impression again.

The scientists involved blame the press and its lurid headlines for giving people the wrong impression about Zeta.

man

She's a sexy, cheerful, lively and uninhibited girl who married the wrong man .

The police had summonsed the wrong man , and the court dismissed the case against him.

How terrible it must be to marry the wrong man !

By the time Sir Humphrey sat down few people in that court could have felt that Simmons had arrested the wrong man .

The story about Murray shooting the wrong man .

Why did she have to meet the wrong man , and one who was so strongly attracted to her?

And so he had received the call-which anyway had been destined for the wrong man .

number

Perhaps it had been a wrong number after all.

However, my experience is that consolidating down to one is exactly the wrong number .

Usually there were no calls save the occasional wrong number .

If you are calling to report that your cable is out, you have the wrong number .

That might not have been a wrong number .

Of course it might be no more wrong than a wrong number .

A wrong number would be the best possible result.

If it was a wrong number , no harm had been done.

place

I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Occasionally, a Staff Pro guard is simply the victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A glimpse convinces the men then that they have come to the wrong place .

Some innocent, he supposed, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

reason

The Catholic arguments confuse the issue, but this time, for all the wrong reasons , the Pope is infallible.

Many do, but often for the wrong reasons .

This unlikely concoction was one of the more important pharmacological advances in the history of medicine, albeit for the wrong reasons .

I realized that most of them were there for the wrong reasons .

In addition, it would make us far less likely to eat for the wrong reasons .

The issue of waiver is particularly important where a buyer rejects the goods for a wrong reason .

Other people, he thought, probably found him funny, but funny for the wrong reasons .

I just have this feeling that she is looking at me and judging me for all the wrong reasons .

side

Stitch a plain seam on the wrong side of the fabric.

For all I knew, I was firing on the wrong side of the trail.

And she's the wrong side of fifty.

He seemed to know about it, at least, the wrong side of it.

Like Dora Chance in Wise Children, she enjoyed the view from the wrong side of the tracks.

A lot of nonsense followed about etiquette and right sides and wrong sides.

Now it looks as if the wrong side won.

A machine fitted on the wrong side will be inefficient and wear out quickly.

thing

In the garden in her white dress, she knew she had done the wrong thing .

This was the wrong thing to say.

Why did she keep reacting like this, and saying the wrong thing ?

He decided to do a wrong thing in a very misguided way which is good which is in defense of human life.

Some people seemed to have a talent for saying the wrong thing , she thought to herself.

He always seemed to say innocently exactly the wrong thing at the most inopportune moment.

At breakfast, a dozy waitress brings the wrong things .

Maybe it was the wrong thing to do.

time

I was in love with her at the wrong time .

This may be the wrong time for the party to avert its gaze.

I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time .

His brother-in-law David Chandler lives in Swindon: He says he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time .

Occasionally, a Staff Pro guard is simply the victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time .

Yet it seems they keep doing the wrong thing at the wrong time , according to the papers.

tree

In retrospect it now seems that both camps were barking up the wrong tree .

However, those who advocate a federal takeover of workers' compensation are barking up the wrong tree .

People who feel sorry for my old bridesmaid and travelling companion are barking up the wrong tree .

They have maybe barked up the wrong tree .

Could he once again be barking up the wrong tree ?

Can't help thinking that they are on the right track and it's we who are barking up the wrong tree .

Unfortunately the succeeding owners chopped the wrong trees down!

turn

I took a wrong turn out of town.

He took a wrong turn in his life, he concludes.

Their chances of survival vanished the moment they stumbled into the procession; one wrong turn and that was it.

There even have been reports that he took a wrong turn to get there.

How cruel to reflect upon the wrong turns and unsought circumstances of an unlucky life.

We haven't taken one wrong turn or had one row since getting in.

turning

He must have taken a wrong turning in the dark.

He took a couple of wrong turnings in the gloom and was angry when he reached Jacqui's flat.

In Bechar, we took a wrong turning and drove to the gates of an army barracks.

Harrington's platoon on a wrong turning , heading in the direction of Serre.

Wherever he looked, he saw human beings taking the wrong turning .

We took one wrong turning - Vanessa firmly blamed me - but it was soon corrected.

Many wrong turnings in discussion and communication in general can be avoided, as unnecessary difficulties are pre-empted.

way

If he had answered the right question in the wrong way , his decision would be binding.

But it was the wrong way to put it.

He knew that was the wrong way to be, she ought to try to eat.

One day, when I came home from work, she really pushed me the wrong way .

Then he drove off, the wrong way down the dual carriageway, said Jane Cockburn, prosecuting.

She picks up the iron the wrong way and burns her hand.

No matter what compliment you pay them, they always take it the wrong way .

And plus there is no right or wrong way .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

back the wrong horse

bark up the wrong tree

You're barking up the wrong tree if you think Sam can help you.

Can't help thinking that they are on the right track and it's we who are barking up the wrong tree.

Could he once again be barking up the wrong tree?

However, those who advocate a federal takeover of workers' compensation are barking up the wrong tree.

In retrospect it now seems that both camps were barking up the wrong tree.

People who feel sorry for my old bridesmaid and travelling companion are barking up the wrong tree.

They have maybe barked up the wrong tree.

be on the right/wrong track

A few people, though, were on the right track .

And other signs helped convince me that I was on the right track .

Dole was on the right track when he talked about tolerance, but he mysteriously dropped it once he got the nomination.

He hoped the man was on the right track and did his best to believe that he was.

I knew I was on the right track when I felt that thrill of pleasure at placing object, not painting it.

The officers consequently had little idea whether they were on the right track or not.

You are on the right track so follow your nose.

correct me if I'm wrong

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you say you'd never met him before?

get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick

get on the wrong side of sb

If you get on the wrong side of Miss Trunchbull she can liquidise you like a carrot in a kitchen blender.

Linda Smith got on the wrong side of the National Rifle Association recently.

She was going to find out shortly that she couldn't get on the wrong side of Harry without paying for it.

Travis, remind me not to get on the wrong side of you again.

get out of bed on the wrong side

get the wrong idea

Don't get the wrong idea - the Dixons aren't as arrogant as they sound.

A lot of people get the wrong idea .

People have got the wrong idea about this one.

People often got the wrong idea about Nanny Ogg, and she took care to see that they did.

hit/strike the right/wrong note

He reworked everything he wrote until he had hit the right note of Gailic pedantry.

So are buskers in Gloucester striking the right note with their audience?

That would have the merit of simplicity, but would it strike the right note socially?

not put a foot wrong

on the right/wrong side of 30/40 etc

on the wrong/right side of the law

De Niro plays a lawyer, on the right side of the law.

right a wrong

Its business is not to right wrongs, but to make money.

Most problems arise from neglect and, since repairs involve skilled labour, righting a wrong can be expensive.

rub sb up the wrong way

smell wrong/fishy/odd etc

And then you go out with some other woman and she smells wrong.

So, in short, if a fish smells fishy it is an indication that it is going off.

The Adkinsons' neighbors smelled wrong in the air, but pinched their noses closed and kept to themselves.

Why does fish usually smell fishy?

start/get off on the wrong/right foot

the rights and wrongs of sth

My sisters and I got a long lecture on the rights and wrongs of wearing makeup.

I do not wish to enter into the rights and wrongs of meat consumption versus vegetarianism or alcohol consumption versus abstention.

Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of that dispute, we all know the importance of representatives.

Not the rights and wrongs of conscientious objection.

She would not even bother to argue the rights and wrongs of what had occurred since it would be futile.

She would worry about the rights and wrongs of the situation in the morning.

We can generalise from the rights and wrongs of his account of seeing to the use of the other senses as well.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Alice felt she had made the wrong decision.

Dave's wrong for this job. He doesn't have enough patience.

Do you think violence is always wrong , even in self-defence?

For every answer that is wrong , you lose five points.

His brand of nationalism is wrong for our party and wrong for the country.

I don't deny that what I did was wrong , but I had no choice at the time.

I think you picked the wrong time to call her.

I tried to phone him, but it was the wrong number.

I was taught that abortion is wrong , even though it's not illegal.

I wouldn't like you to get the wrong impression -- I do enjoy the course, but I just find it very hard work.

It's wrong the way they treat that poor animal.

It is wrong to treat people this way -- they should be given a chance to defend themselves.

It was wrong of Sophie to take the money without asking.

Mom always told us that stealing was wrong .

Myrna accidentally took the wrong medicine.

People used to believe that the world was flat, but we now know this is wrong .

Someone had moved the road sign so it was pointing in the wrong direction.

The files had been put back in the wrong order.

The schedule must be wrong .

There's nothing wrong with making money, is there?

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And you're always dead wrong .

I must have been wrong I suppose.

It would make so many others wrong .

One wrong move, we realized with horror, and the doors could come tumbling down.

The other members of the joint chiefs agreed with him that the Indochina conflict was the wrong war in the wrong place.

Was I wrong to make a fuss?

When your forecasts are significantly wrong , find out why.

II. adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ VERB

go

It's a bigger car, with a longer wheelbase: what went wrong ?

It was on their return trip north that things went wrong .

He was allegedly detained at the town's Safeway Supermarket after a Friday afternoon shopping expedition went wrong .

If not, what went wrong ?

Mrs Bottomley wants to find out what went wrong and see if staff relations problems can be improved.

But this was supposed to be a clandestine operation, and if things went wrong , they would go wrong in secret.

So what went wrong , Geoff?

Whenever anything went wrong , there was no substitute for the maintenance department.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I think you've added it up wrongly.

Rightly or wrongly, employees see 'performance pay raises' as unfair.

The police chief admitted that some prisoners had been wrongly punished.

They spelled my name wrong on the envelope.

You've spelled my name wrong -- there should be an 'e' at the end.

You idiot, Todd - you did it all wrong .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

The Bill ensures that there is a clear complaints procedures should things go wrong .

The brainy men all went along To see that nothing should go wrong .

III. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

thing

Ya do one fucken thing wrong in yur whole goddamn life an ya got ta pay fer it till kingdom come!

There was only one thing wrong .

There was only one thing wrong with my room in this Dreamland Hotel.

The only thing wrong was my shyness.

Miss Fingerstop told me the one thing wrong with her life was that it lacked surprise.

The only thing wrong was that secretly she hated her life and everything about it.

■ VERB

do

You may prefer to do wrong .

From his description the firm could do no wrong .

Governments in these countries could apparently do no wrong as their economies soared.

She thinks he can do no wrong .

Off in another country, seeing things, a wonderful place where you can do no wrong .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Benjy's too young to know right from wrong .

Punishment for the wrongs of the regime still needs to be addressed.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Did the person know the difference between right and wrong ?

He who wanted only to do right was so placed that he must choose between two hideous wrongs.

So what's in your catalogue of known wrongs?

IV. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ VERB

prove

So who better than a high-powered social scientist who also happens to be a Roman Catholic to prove them wrong ?

Watch what you say about Alphabet Soup, because the grayish 5-year-old likes to prove people wrong .

Tom Watson proved me wrong only four years later.

A win will prove them wrong and put a whole new spin on this season.

She would prove him wrong whatever happened.

Gwynn considers himself a self- motivator, but clearly he relishes proving others wrong .

They have been revelling in proving people wrong for a decade now.

Perhaps, he told himself that morning, the parish would prove his forecast wrong .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

be on the right/wrong track

A few people, though, were on the right track .

And other signs helped convince me that I was on the right track .

Dole was on the right track when he talked about tolerance, but he mysteriously dropped it once he got the nomination.

He hoped the man was on the right track and did his best to believe that he was.

I knew I was on the right track when I felt that thrill of pleasure at placing object, not painting it.

The officers consequently had little idea whether they were on the right track or not.

You are on the right track so follow your nose.

get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick

get on the wrong side of sb

If you get on the wrong side of Miss Trunchbull she can liquidise you like a carrot in a kitchen blender.

Linda Smith got on the wrong side of the National Rifle Association recently.

She was going to find out shortly that she couldn't get on the wrong side of Harry without paying for it.

Travis, remind me not to get on the wrong side of you again.

get out of bed on the wrong side

get the wrong idea

Don't get the wrong idea - the Dixons aren't as arrogant as they sound.

A lot of people get the wrong idea .

People have got the wrong idea about this one.

People often got the wrong idea about Nanny Ogg, and she took care to see that they did.

hit/strike the right/wrong note

He reworked everything he wrote until he had hit the right note of Gailic pedantry.

So are buskers in Gloucester striking the right note with their audience?

That would have the merit of simplicity, but would it strike the right note socially?

not put a foot wrong

on the right/wrong side of 30/40 etc

on the wrong/right side of the law

De Niro plays a lawyer, on the right side of the law.

start/get off on the wrong/right foot

the rights and wrongs of sth

My sisters and I got a long lecture on the rights and wrongs of wearing makeup.

I do not wish to enter into the rights and wrongs of meat consumption versus vegetarianism or alcohol consumption versus abstention.

Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of that dispute, we all know the importance of representatives.

Not the rights and wrongs of conscientious objection.

She would not even bother to argue the rights and wrongs of what had occurred since it would be futile.

She would worry about the rights and wrongs of the situation in the morning.

We can generalise from the rights and wrongs of his account of seeing to the use of the other senses as well.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Both athletes felt they had been wronged by the committee's decision.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

He feels himself wronged by unspoken accusations.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.