get the wrong idea (about someone or something)

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get the wrong idea (about someone or something)

To develop a belief or impression (about someone or something) that is untrue, incorrect, or has been misinterpreted or misunderstood. I feel like I need to explain my actions, or you'll end up getting the wrong idea about me. Now don't get the wrong idea or anything, but I think we should spend a little bit of time apart. Whoa, I think you've gotten the wrong idea about tonight—this wasn't supposed to be a date or anything like that!
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Elsewhere, love-struck Nico gets the wrong idea when Jason publicly proposes to his 'special girl', and Holly wonders if a jealous Robbie is to blame when she finds someone has put worms in her face cream.
Elsewhere, love-struck Nico gets the wrong idea when Jason publicly proposes to his 'special girl' and Holly wonders if a jealous Robbie is to blame when she discovers someone has put worms in her face cream.
He's quickly rebuffed, but Zinnie - who witnesses the incident - gets the wrong idea about it.
Bob walks in and gets the wrong idea, suggesting Laurel speak to Marlon.
EastEnders Kat and Max come up with a plan to track Stacey down, but Alfie gets the wrong idea when the pair spend time with each other.
And when the two share an innocent hug, Sinead gets the wrong idea, and writes out a Christmas card to Joe, with the words 'did you know that Freddie is in love with your fiancee?
Now before anyone gets the wrong idea I'm talking about Jordan the country and not Jordan aka Katie Price.
He's been sleeping on the sofa after a row with Kylie but Tommy gets the wrong idea.
Anthony does his best to repulse Alice, and Kim gets the wrong idea when she sees Ray has been looking at rental properties.
Now before anyone gets the wrong idea, I'm not saying any of the aforementioned items are bad or should be disallowed, however, I know that this is her idea of "grocery" shopping.
Unfortunately, he gets the wrong idea and tries to get physical.
However, before anyone gets the wrong idea, the whole thing is being done in the name of charity to help raise money for the Bristol Cancer Health Centre, in particular for breast cancer and cancer care.
CROSSROADS: Nicola gets drunk with Josh and has to fight him off when he gets the wrong idea.
When Sonia discovers a talented Latino designer, Ramon (Allen Payne), everyone gets the wrong idea.
But the programme, Sex Box, is on our screens tomorrow and, in case anyone gets the wrong idea, it's hosted by blonde brainbox Mariella Frostrup and is an attempt to, "reclaim sex from pornography".