One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Make a good (or bad) start at something, especially a task or relationship.
- ‘‘There is no getting away from our responsibilities,’ he begins, starting off on the right foot.’
- ‘Maybe we started off on the wrong foot because she came to me at 3: 00 am as a last minute transfer out of the ICU.’
- ‘The Scots started off on the wrong foot in doubles play, losing two out of three matches, therefore dropping the doubles point.’
- ‘When we met them last week, they told us they had started off on the wrong foot and to go home and think about what our homes were worth.’
- ‘I got off on the wrong foot in that first scene that has snakes in the bed.’
- ‘We started off on the wrong foot, and now she has a lot of attitude and is rude and mean.’
- ‘And I don't know, it just all got off on the wrong foot.’
- ‘Preparations this year quickly got off on the wrong foot.’
- ‘Many of our housing developments started off on the right foot, with open spaces and strictly adhered to building codes.’
- ‘I said I just wanted the Mahler version, so we got off on the wrong foot.’
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