Go-down-the-wrong-way meaning

(idiomatic, of food or drink) To go down the trachea (windpipe) in one's throat instead of the esophagus (the tube in the throat for swallowed food and fluids), typically resulting in coughing or choking.

She took a big drink of milk and it went down the wrong way. She was coughing for the next two minutes.

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(literally) To travel in or on an incorrect or unusual direction or path.

The driver was confused and went down the wrong way on the one-way street.

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