One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
misunderstand, misinterpret, misapprehend, misconstrue, misconceive, mistake, misread, take amissView synonyms
- ‘It's a minefield where it's so easy to get the wrong end of the stick.’
- ‘I'm sorry to say that Leo Lewis got the wrong end of the stick in another respect, with major potential for cross-cultural misunderstanding.’
- ‘She mispronounced things, she got the wrong end of the stick, hilariously, and although I shook it all off in a way, or thought I did, something remained.’
- ‘So members of the public get the wrong end of the stick but at least they can see a stick is there to be waved.’
- ‘If you think I'm saying that any single person can post something out of the blue to the web and have thousands of people read it then you've obviously got the wrong end of the stick.’
- ‘‘I think you've got the wrong end of the stick,’ the chap at the other end of the phone replied.’
- ‘The game was probably the most sensitive treatment and realistic treatment of battle displayed in a video game at that point, so obviously, the media got the wrong end of the stick.’
- ‘A number of those who did try to understand him got hold of the wrong end of the stick and, often unfairly, used it to beat him with.’
- ‘‘The teenagers were play fighting with each other, and it appears my client got the wrong end of the stick and became involved when he should not have,’ he said.’
- ‘You all seemed to get the wrong end of the stick - but that's fine, that's OK; I appreciate the thought, really I do.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.