1. (begin something) in an unfavourable way
I think we got off on the wrong foot. Let's start over.
If you ‘get off on the wrong foot’ with someone, you begin your relationship badly with them. If you ‘start off on the wrong foot’, it can mean you began something in the wrong way or made a mistake from the beginning. This is an informal and polite phrase and can often be used to apologize or ask for a second chance. “I think we got off on the wrong foot, but I’d like to make it up to you.”