(get off on) the wrong foot

Meaning(s)

1. (begin something) in an unfavourable way

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I think we got off on the wrong foot. Let's start over.

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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.”

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  1. I think we got off on the wrong foot. Can we start over with a clean slate?

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  1. Gary was glad that he had the chance to clear the air with his boss. He didn't want to leave the company on the wrong foot.
  2. I was 20 minutes late for my job interview because of bad traffic. Talk about getting off on the wrong foot!

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