Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

to wrong (somebody)

to wrong somebody
Meaning(s)
1) treat someone in an unfair or cruel way
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • want revenge on those who have wronged you
  • Analysis
    To 'wong' someone or 'to do someone wrong' means to treat someone unfairly, unjustly or cruelly. If you are on the receiving end you can say you were 'wronged' or feel 'wronged'. Similar in meaning to 'to slight somebody'. This is a phrase used more in formal situations.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Nick was very angry about what had happened and wanted revenge on those who he felt had wronged him.
    2. Alex mustn't have a conscience to wrong Sarah the way he did. He was way out of line!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I didn't intend to do her wrong. Perhaps if she had read the contract more carefully before signing she wouldn't be in this mess.
    2. If you feel wronged in any way by your employer you should arrange to meet with HR.

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