Definition of go down the wrong way in English:

go down the wrong way

phrase

informal
  • (of food) enter the windpipe instead of the gullet.

    • ‘He was alone in front of the television with his two pet dogs when the snack apparently went down the wrong way, causing him to faint and hit his head on the ground.’
    • ‘He said he thought the problem had been a bit of food going down the wrong way.’
    • ‘I fiddled with my knife until it hit an empty glass and went: ‘Clonggggg!’ and Roger's first mouthful of fizzy water went down the wrong way.’
    • ‘Feeding tubes are usually put in when a person can't swallow and will starve without assistance, and/or risk what's called aspiration pneumonia, which is when food goes down the wrong way and hits the lungs.’
    • ‘Adam, who had just popped a piece of the takoyaki into his mouth, almost choked on it as it went down the wrong way.’
    • ‘It hit me suddenly like a punch in the gut, some water went down the wrong way and I doubled over coughing it back up.’
    • ‘I mean, I was trying not to swallow it, and it was going down the wrong way and I really thought for a second I was going to die right there.’
    • ‘She said: ‘He said he had difficulty swallowing with the stroke and he said it was a bit of food that has gone down the wrong way.’’
    • ‘36-year-old Sam Wright was enjoying a meal at a restaurant in Antrim, Northern Ireland, when a piece of bread went down the wrong way.’
    • ‘I swallowed eagerly and choked as it went down the wrong way.’