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take something amiss

 and take something the wrong way
to understand something as wrong or insulting. Would you take it amiss if I told you I thought you look lovely? I was afraid you'd take it the wrong way.
See also: amiss, take

take something the wrong way

to fail to understand a statement or situation correctly A lot of people take his confidence the wrong way, mistaking it for arrogance. She feels like every word she says is taken the wrong way.
See also: take, way, wrong

not go amiss

  (British, American & Australian informal) also not come amiss (British & Australian informal)
if something would not go amiss, it would be useful and might help to improve a situation (usually in conditional tenses) A word of apology would not go amiss. Some extra helpers never come amiss.
See also: amiss

take something the wrong way

to feel that someone is criticizing you when in fact they are not Don't take this the wrong way, Jonathan, but at 33 aren't you getting a bit old for this game? If ever I make a suggestion, she always takes it the wrong way and we end up arguing.
See be barking up the wrong tree, get out of bed on the wrong side, the other side of the tracks, back the wrong horse, fall into the wrong hands, rub up the wrong way
See also: take, way, wrong


see under take the wrong way.

take the wrong way

Also, take amiss. Misunderstand, misinterpret, especially so as to take offense. For example, I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but you have to give others a chance to speak , or Please don't take their criticism amiss; they mean well. The variant dates from the late 1300s. Also see get someone wrong.
See also: take, way, wrong
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Nicola Amiss comes to Richardson with over 24 years of sales and sales management experience in the corporate training environment, most recently holding executive positions at ESI International, a leading project management training organisation.
Dennis Amiss has devoted his life to the game and richly deserves the recognition he received at last year's event.
Mr Amiss was also present at the another high-profile tragedy, when New Zealander Ewen Chatfield came close to dying on the pitch, but he said players today were safer than ever.
Amiss (right) said: "It's a terribly sad situation with Phil Hughes and I wish him all the best and hope he makes a full recovery.
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Rolland said: "I would have liked to have accepted the challenge, but when I offered it to the owners they were against it as they feared something could go amiss with the horse, so they have decided to campaign Questarabad again at Auteuil.
Meanwhile, ECB vice-chairman Dennis Amiss yesterday revealed that Pietersen had first threatened to resign as England captain in India before Christmas.
Pietersen was accused of allowing his unhappiness with the coach to become public and making his position as captain untenable, but Dennis Amiss said that the ECB believed his protestations of innocence.
Elsa Amiss - who is the brains behind Elsa's Organic Duck Eggs - is believed to be Britain's youngest supermarket food supplier.
Prince Charles has written to the owners of the farm, Rona and Nevil Amiss, expressing his sympathy following the theft, Rona Amiss said.
FORMER England batsman Dennis Amiss has paid an emotional tribute to his close friend and former Test colleague Bob Woolmer, who has died suddenly at the age of 58.
Former England team-mate Dennis Amiss remained a close friend and said his death was "a great shock".
Bears chief executive Dennis Amiss argues that the income would be too significant to allow sentiment to get in the way.
FORMER England opening batsman Dennis Amiss announced yesterday that he would retire from his job as chief executive at Warwickshire in the winter.