(to be) in the wrong place at the wrong time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in the wrong place at the wrong time

"(to be) in the wrong place at the wrong time"

in a situation where something bad happens to you because you are unlucky, not because you do anything wrong


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in the wrong place at the wrong time

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why are you packing up your things?

Colleague 2:  I just got fired.

Colleague 1:  What did you do?

Colleague 2:  Absolutely nothing. I just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The boss was super upset and yelling and screaming about a catastrophe that another employee caused and I mentioned a mitigating circumstance. The boss fired me on the spot.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in the wrong place at the wrong time

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  When is the funeral?

Friend 2:  This afternoon.

Friend 1:  It is just so tragic how she died.

Friend 2:  I know. She was the nicest person ever. She was just out for a run in the park and happened to run right into the middle of a drug bust gone wrong. There was weapons fire from both sides and she was caught in the crossfire.

Friend 1:  Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

(to be) in the wrong place at the wrong time - Usage:


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(to be) in the wrong place at the wrong time - Gerund Form:

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, she got caught up in a riot that landed her in jail.

(to be) in the wrong place at the wrong time - Examples:

1)  ... violence not only means writing off children in entire communities for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time, but criminalizing them in the process.

2)  ... killed all the same. He was, his family said, simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

3)  ... also noted that all the people killed or injured just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

4)  ... as you too could have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, with a penchant for bad decisions. 

5)  Imagine if you were abroad, when you were arrested, finding yourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, being hauled off to a police station in a ...

6)  He had done nothing wrong. He had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

7)  An intergalactic small-time crook is in the wrong place at the wrong time when a body-swapping alien chooses her as its next host.

8)  ... and eight were totally innocent members of the public, who unfortunately were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

9)  Nothing could be further from the truth. Sometimes you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The tallest tree catches the wind.

10)  Most had criminal records, but some were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

11)  ... where an innocent member of the public happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and they become a victim.

12)  ... unfamiliar or simply not expecting these, which can cause them to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as a result. 

13)  ... saying he had nothing against Lennon - he was just a celebrity in the wrong place at the wrong time.

14)  ... that maybe something is going wrong. Or maybe I've simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time my whole life.

15)  He was shot not because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but because he was targeted.

16)  ... it by the same person she bullied -- as Hiyoko happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and not the intended target. 

17)  Turns out he was a scholar who had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, because he was sleeping over since a sister gave ...

18)  ... but at the end of the day we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Things like this happen.

19)  ... bad weather and a well-intentioned sense of spontaneity that tended to put us in the wrong place at the wrong time.

20)  ... is a good man, a poor scapegoat in the wrong place at the wrong time.