Definition of get (or start) off on the right (or wrong) foot in US English:

get (or start) off on the right (or wrong) foot

phrase

  • Make a good (or bad) start at something, especially a task or relationship.

    • ‘We started off on the wrong foot, and now she has a lot of attitude and is rude and mean.’
    • ‘‘There is no getting away from our responsibilities,’ he begins, starting off on the right foot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of our housing developments started off on the right foot, with open spaces and strictly adhered to building codes.’
    • ‘And I don't know, it just all got off on the wrong 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.’
    • ‘Preparations this year quickly got off on the wrong foot.’
    • ‘I said I just wanted the Mahler version, so we got off on the wrong foot.’
    • ‘I got off on the wrong foot in that first scene that has snakes in the bed.’
    • ‘The Scots started off on the wrong foot in doubles play, losing two out of three matches, therefore dropping the doubles point.’