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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. 2017.
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  • "Only someone at the wrong number," she said, shutting the door.

    Max Fargus Owen Johnson
  • I called and called, and the best I could do was to get the wrong number.

    Theft Jack London
  • He got the wrong number and, without asking to whom he was talking, he said, "Can I get a box for two to-night?"

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • "wrong number, lady," Nick said, and again applied his lips to the mouth organ.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • I really ought to have been one of the people in the Central Exchange, who give you the wrong number.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • Well, you gave me the wrong number; you gave me North double six two.

    The Librarian at Play Edmund Lester Pearson
  • He was pretty peeved, judging from what he said about my being on the wrong number.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • Either this fool Perriot has lied or has led us to the wrong number.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • The other I discovered, and now occupy, although he gave me both a wrong name and wrong number.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
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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