wrong1 W1S1 [rɔŋ US ro:ŋ] adj
1¦(not correct)¦
2 be wrong (about somebody/something)
4¦(not the right one)¦
5¦(not morally right)¦
6¦(not suitable)¦
7¦(not working)¦
8 be the wrong way round/around
9 the wrong way up
10 take something the wrong way
11 be in the wrong place at the wrong time
12 get on the wrong side of somebody
13 get on the wrong side of the law
14 get off on the wrong foot
15 get the wrong end of the stick
16 be on the wrong track/tack
17 be from the wrong side of the tracks
18 be the wrong side of thirty/forty etc
19 correct me if I'm wrong
20 you're not wrong
21 fall/get into the wrong hands
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: rangr 'not correct or as planned']
not correct, and not based on true facts
≠ ↑right
Your calculations must be wrong.
I think I got question 3 wrong .
it is wrong to do sth
It is wrong to assume that technological advance brings a higher quality of life.
I wish you'd stop trying to prove me wrong (=show that I am wrong) all the time.
2.) be wrong (about sb/sth)
to not be right in what you think or believe about someone or something
≠ ↑right
No, you're wrong. Brett wouldn't do a thing like that.
I was wrong about the new guy - he's not Belgian, he's French.
That's where you're wrong ! We never slept together.
3.) ¦(PROBLEMS)¦
used to describe a situation where there are problems, or when someone is ill or unhappy
there is sth wrong/sth is wrong
When he didn't come back that night, I knew that something was wrong.
wrong with
What is wrong with our society? People just don't seem to care any more.
Is anything wrong? You haven't said more than two words since you got here.
Dave's got something wrong with his foot.
Don't worry, there's nothing wrong .
not the one that you intended or the one that you really want
≠ ↑right
The letter was delivered to the wrong address.
driving on the wrong side of the road
You've got the wrong man. I didn't kill her.
I think we went the wrong way at that last turning.
There's no-one called Julia here. You must have the wrong number (=wrong telephone number) .
not morally right or acceptable
≠ ↑right it is wrong that
It's wrong that people should have to sleep on the streets.
it is wrong to do sth
We all accept that it is wrong to torture people.
We weren't doing anything wrong !
wrong with
There's nothing wrong with making a profit, provided you don't cheat anyone.
not suitable for a particular purpose, situation, or person
≠ ↑right
It's the wrong time of year to be planning a holiday.
wrong for
Anna and I were wrong for each other in dozens of ways (=not suited for a romantic relationship with each other) .
if something is wrong with a vehicle or machine, it stops working properly
wrong with
There's something wrong with the car again.
go wrong at ↑wrong2 (2)
8.) be the wrong way round/around
a) to be in the wrong order
These two paragraphs are the wrong way round.
b) if something is the wrong way round, the back is where the front should be
You've got your T-shirt on the wrong way around.
9.) the wrong way up
if something is the wrong way up, the top is where the bottom should be
The painting was hung the wrong way up.
10.) take sth the wrong way
to be offended by a remark because you have understood it wrongly
I like you. Don't take this the wrong way, now. I mean as a friend.
11.) be in the wrong place at the wrong time
spoken to get involved in trouble without intending to
12.) get on the wrong side of sb
to do something that gives someone a bad opinion of you, so that they do not like or respect you in the future
I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of her.
13.) get on the wrong side of the law
to get into trouble with the police
14.) get off on the wrong foot
to start a job, relationship etc badly by making a mistake that annoys people
15.) get the wrong end of the stick
BrE informal to understand a situation in completely the wrong way
Geoff had got the wrong end of the stick, and thought I was angry with him.
16.) be on the wrong track/tack
to have the wrong idea about a situation so that you are unlikely to get the result you want
17.) be from the wrong side of the tracks
AmE to be from a poor part of a town or a poor part of society
18.) be the wrong side of thirty/forty etc informal
to be older than 30 etc
get out of bed on the wrong side atbed1 (8)
19.) correct me if I'm wrong
used as a polite way of saying that you think what you are going to say is correct
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you say you were going to do it?
20.) you're not wrong
spoken used to agree with someone
'This government is ruining the country!' 'You're not wrong there!'
21.) fall/get into the wrong hands
if something secret or dangerous falls into the wrong hands, it is discovered by someone who may use it to harm people
wrong 2
wrong2 S2 adv
1.) not in the correct way
≠ ↑right
You've spelt my name wrong.
What? Have I done it wrong ?
I asked him to sort those files, but he's done it all wrong (=in completely the wrong way) .
2.) go wrong
a) to stop working properly
Something's gone wrong with my watch.
b) to make a mistake during a process so that you do not get the right result
Follow these instructions and you can't go wrong (=you are sure to succeed) .
c) to do something that makes a plan, relationship etc fail
Thinking back on the marriage, I just don't know where we went wrong.
3.) get sth wrong
to make a mistake in the way you write, judge, or understand something
This isn't it. We must have got the address wrong.
get/have it all wrong
(=understand a situation in completely the wrong way)
No, no - you've got it all wrong! We're just friends!
4.) don't get me wrong
spoken used when you think someone may understand your remarks wrongly, or be offended by them
Don't get me wrong - I like Jenny.
5.) you can't go wrong (with sth)
spoken used to say that a particular object will always be suitable, satisfactory, or work well
You can't go wrong with a little black dress, can you?
come out wrong at come out
wrong 3
wrong3 n
1.) [U]
behaviour that is not morally right
He's too young to know right from wrong .
Those who do wrong should be punished.
sb can do no wrong
(=they are perfect)
Nathan adored her, and she could do no wrong in his eyes.
an action, judgment, or situation that is unfair
The black population suffered countless wrongs at the hands of a racist regime.
right a wrong
(=bring justice to an unfair situation)
3.) be in the wrong
to make a mistake or deserve the blame for something
Which driver was in the wrong?
4.) do sb wrong
to treat someone badly and unfairly - used humorously
5.) two wrongs don't make a right
spoken used to say that if someone does something bad to you, you should not do something bad to them
wrong 4
wrong4 v [T]
formal to treat or judge someone unfairly
Both sides felt that they had been wronged.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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