Definition of back the wrong horse in English:

back the wrong horse


  • Make a wrong or inappropriate choice.

    • ‘Then he got down on one knee and said, ‘I'm sorry we backed the wrong horse.'’
    • ‘Are we going to back the wrong horse sometimes?’
    • ‘A jumble of investments created as an alternative to losing all one's money backing a single horse.’
    • ‘I think most of the critics are backing the wrong horse in seeing the issue of testing for recreational drugs as a make or break issue.’
    • ‘In the latter case, I think he backed the wrong horse, but we'll come to that later.’
    • ‘With the calling of parliament in 1640 it became apparent that Huntingdon had backed the wrong horse.’
    • ‘In exploring the rhetoric of singularity, then, I might seem to be backing the wrong horse.’
    • ‘The majority of intelligent, sensitive artists, writers, painters, musicians backed the wrong horse for a long time in the 20th century.’
    • ‘Most are dedicated, caring men who just happen to have backed the wrong horse.’
    • ‘But time has shown that the government backed the wrong horse.’
    • ‘Is it time to say sorry for backing the wrong horse?’
    • ‘This harshness will doubtless be exacerbated by the fact that they backed the wrong horse in the telecoms market.’
    • ‘On that occasion he most certainly backed the wrong horse.’
    • ‘Any reader who doesn't itch to pick up a pencil at this point is perhaps backing the wrong horse.’
    • ‘The diversification should help to reduce the risk in case you back the wrong horse.’