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wrong number

  1. a call made to a number other than the one intended.
  2. the number or person reached through such a call.
  1. the wrong person for a particular task, role, or situation:
    Me cook a gourmet dinner?—You've got the wrong number!
  2. an inadequate, disagreeable, or repulsive person:
    She's OK, but her brother's a wrong number. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "wrong number, lady," Nick said, and again applied his lips to the mouth organ.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • He was pretty peeved, judging from what he said about my being on the wrong number.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • I called and called, and the best I could do was to get the wrong number.

    Theft Jack London
  • Well, you gave me the wrong number; you gave me North double six two.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • "Only someone at the wrong number," she said, shutting the door.

    Max Fargus Owen Johnson
  • Either this fool Perriot has lied or has led us to the wrong number.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • "You have the wrong number," he was answered, and he heard the connection break.

    Burned Bridges

    Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • I'd have given the wrong number, and there would have been the deuce to pay.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • The telephone girl in a big concern (or a little one) is constantly annoyed with people who have the wrong number.

British Dictionary definitions for wrong number

wrong number

a telephone number wrongly connected or dialled in error or the person so contacted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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