Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(get off on) the wrong foot

on the wrong footget off on the wrong foot
Meaning(s)
1) (begin something) in an unfavourable way
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • I think we got off on the wrong foot. Let's start over.
  • Analysis

    If you ‘get off on the wrong foot’ with someone it means 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 in order 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.”

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I think we got off on the wrong foot. Can we start over with a clean slate?
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    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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