One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Become wrongly connected by telephone.
- ‘Mobile phone punters in London have been having the weirdest conversations after the phone company admitted that it has been getting its wires crossed.’
- 1.1 Have a misunderstanding.‘somewhere along the line someone had got their wires crossed, that much was clear’
- ‘Unfortunately nurse got her wires crossed again, she gave the lady 12 tablets at two.’
- ‘This was an organised trip with written permission, and someone has got their wires crossed, and the whole thing has snowballed.’
- ‘I think it's you who've got your wires crossed.’
- ‘I would strongly advise her to go back and read her history books once again as she has got her wires crossed from a historical point of view.’
- ‘And it is obvious that even the Reuter correspondent has got his wires crossed on the above subject.’
- ‘Also, let me point out that you've got your wires crossed.’
- ‘The perception that commanding officers got their wires crossed has been reinforced by reports and books on the conflict.’
- ‘I think your reporter and myself got our wires crossed when I was talking to him about housing issues in general.’
- ‘Okay, so having fun with role reversal is one thing, but Geoff and I have seriously got our lines crossed these past couple days.’
- ‘I think W K Quick may have got his wires crossed regarding certain drivers being exempt from paying vehicle excise duty.’
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