to get off on the wrong foot

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - get off on the wrong foot

"to get off on the wrong foot"

to start a relationship badly


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - get off on the wrong foot

"to get off on the wrong foot"

to begin an activity or venture badly


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - get off on the wrong foot

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  What's the rush?

Husband:  I'm starting my new job today, as you know. I absolutely must arrive at least ten minutes early. I don't want to get off on the wrong foot.

Wife:  Good idea to make a good first impression.

Husband:  I need to build a good relationship with the boss.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - get off on the wrong foot

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well, it looks like our little business is ready to start selling products. How do you think we should launch?

Friend 2Getting off on the wrong foot will pretty much kill our chances of success so we want to be sure that our launch is perfect.

Friend 1:  I agree. A successful launch almost ensures the success of our business. We need to make a good impression and start selling product right away.


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to get off on the wrong foot - Gerund Form:

Getting off on the wrong foot is a sure way to failure.

to get off on the wrong foot - Examples:

1)  ... the holiday weekend got off on the wrong foot. Thousands of dead fish, their heads and tails missing, washed up ...

2)  ... on the nature of the government... things have got off on the wrong foot. If we don't change direction, I fear very much that a constitution ...

3)  To an extent, then, his campaign got off on the wrong foot. Very soon, however, it ran into more difficulty.

4)  ... where it went wrong. If it was because you got off on the wrong foot, introduce ways to help avoid this the next time around.

5)  ... tactical kicking was again questionable and he got off on the wrong foot when he missed a relatively easy penalty early in the game. 

6)  Somehow, they failed to discuss this, so they got off on the wrong foot, and it never got right. 

7)   This got off on the wrong foot and went right off a cliff.

8)  A startup banking on the change of Government policy is getting off on the wrong foot from the very beginning.

9)  If you don't show up, you're already getting off on the wrong foot.

10)  I honestly just want to tell them that they are getting off on the wrong foot, it's all about being true to yourself.

11)  We're getting off on the wrong foot as scientists if we step on people to get where we want to go.

12)  The last thing he needs is to get off on the wrong foot with his new team by flying off to Brazil in August.

13)  ... it can not afford to get off on the wrong foot in the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase. Its perceived delay in getting enough resources to ...

14)  Many people get off on the wrong foot because they just don't put enough sunscreen on to begin with.

15)  ... a situation where what could have been a good relationship gets off on the wrong foot or fails to start off at all.

16)  The best way to get off on the wrong foot with a freelancer or contractor is to dive into a project with no benchmarks or process for tracking the ...

17)  If sellers take on these difficult negotiations themselves, the relationship between buyer and seller can often get off on the wrong foot.

18)  I do have one small confession to make but I'll keep that for the end, I don't want to get off on the wrong foot.

19)  Oh, by the way, we know we'll get off on the wrong foot next year by compromising our power unit performance by choice. Don't judge us on ...

20)  Get off on the wrong foot and you're likely to be less energetic, productive and positive during your waking hours.