get hold of the wrong end of the stick


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get hold of the wrong end of the stick

To misunderstand something. I was struggling with the reading before, but now I've definitely got hold of the wrong end of the stick.
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get the wrong end of the stick

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get hold of the wrong end of the stick

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If someone gets the wrong end of the stick or gets hold of the wrong end of the stick, they completely misunderstand a situation or something that is said. You got the wrong end of the stick — I invited him to be kind, not because I fancied him! Did I get hold of the wrong end of the stick? Was that not what he meant?
See also: end, get, of, stick, wrong