Definition of on the wrong side of in English:

on the wrong side of

phrase

  • 1Out of favour with.

    ‘she knew not to get on the wrong side of him’
    • ‘Take care not to get on the wrong side of your boss.’
    • ‘We had been bigger once, but Laura is not a good person to get on the wrong side of, and you don't want to know what happened to the ones who were exiled.’
    • ‘Even though the press will split, with up to two-thirds against, it will need to be cautious if it doesn't want to get on the wrong side of its readers.’
    • ‘Two people who know only too well what it means to get on the wrong side of a swan are canoeists Ben and Bettina Phyllis from Wargrave near Henley.’
    • ‘Maria was big, loud and bursting with personality, though she wasn't the sort of woman you would want to get on the wrong side of.’
    • ‘She picked the wrong person to get on the wrong side of.’
    • ‘You don't really get any trouble unless you get on the wrong side of them.’
    • ‘This, after all, as Gerald Kaufman said, is a man ‘whom it is advisable not to get on the wrong side of.’’
    • ‘The latest fleet challenge is making sure vehicles have compliant handsets to make sure their drivers don't get on the wrong side of the new mobile phone legislation.’
    • ‘If I give an opinion, I'm going to get on the wrong side of either one of you.’
  • 2Somewhat more than (a specified age)

    ‘he cheerfully admits he is the wrong side of fifty’
    • ‘For many of the players - those on the wrong side of 30 - this tournament is their last chance, after famous failures in 1995 and 1999.’
    • ‘Today, I chalk up yet another year on the wrong side of 35.’
    • ‘Unable to have any hot food or drink and as we are on the wrong side of 60, we were lucky to come out of it without becoming ill.’
    • ‘He was on the wrong side of 40 and was conscious of shepherding his resources.’
    • ‘My golf handicap is currently on the wrong side of twenty so I'll have to see what I can do about that!’
    • ‘Those on the wrong side of thirty or those who give top priority to the utility of the vehicle obviously prefer scooters.’
    • ‘Embarking on a sea change in career is not something to be taken lightly, especially when you are on the wrong side of 40.’
    • ‘While he may be on the wrong side of 30, he is back in the fold after three years in the international wilderness.’
    • ‘Bob's on the wrong side of forty and has been for some time.’
    • ‘At the post-match press conference, Connors, then on the wrong side of 30, was asked repeatedly about his retirement plans.’