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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He's quickly rebuffed, but Zinnie - who witnesses the incident - gets the wrong idea about it.
Meanwhile, Tanya assures Sean her plan is going well, while Steven gets the wrong idea about his friendship with Stacey, and Clare gets her hooks into Bradley's very soft underbelly.
Meanwhile, during a trip to Soho, with money meant for college books, Asif attempts to seduce a waitress, while her male friend gets the wrong idea about Martin's sexuality.
Unfortunately this leads to misunderstanding and more unhappiness as Sir Robert gets the wrong idea about Arthur and Gertrude's relationship, and the two friends fall out.