When you meet your in-laws for the first time and you accidentally insult them by implying that they are ugly, this is an example of a time when you got off on the wrong foot.
Origin of wrong-footfrom the practice in sports of causing an opponent to put weight on the wrong foot
(third-person singular simple present wrongfoots, present participle wrongfooting, simple past and past participle wrongfooted)
(third-person singular simple present wrong-foots, present participle wrong-footing, simple past and past participle wrong-footed)
- Alternative form of wrongfoot.