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Idioms for wrong

Origin of wrong

before 1100; (adj.) Middle English wrong, wrang, Old English wrang, perhaps < Old Danish wrang; compare Danish vrang wrong, Old Norse rangr awry; (v. and adv.) Middle English, derivative of the adj.; (noun) Middle English; Old English wrang, derivative of the adj.; akin to wring

OTHER WORDS FROM wrong

wrong·er, nounwrong·ly, adverbwrong·ness, nounqua·si-wrong, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wrong

wrong wrongful
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British Dictionary definitions for in the wrong

Derived forms of wrong

wronger, nounwrongly, adverbwrongness, noun

Word Origin for wrong

Old English wrang injustice, from Old Norse vrang; see wring
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Idioms and Phrases with in the wrong (1 of 2)

in the wrong

Mistaken, to blame. For example, The teacher was clearly in the wrong but refused to admit it, or Since he had driven straight through a red light, Jack was the one in the wrong. [c. 1400]

Idioms and Phrases with in the wrong (2 of 2)

wrong

see back the wrong horse; bark up the wrong tree; do someone wrong; get someone wrong; get up on the wrong side of bed; go wrong; in the wrong; on the right (wrong) foot; on the right (wrong) tack; right (wrong) side of the tracks; rub the wrong way; take the wrong way; two wrongs do not make a right.

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