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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People might be getting the wrong idea, but obviously since there have been problems.
I might be getting the wrong idea but that's how it felt to me.
I think people outside the region are getting the wrong idea of what is going on with the 'Arab springs.
This worries me because there are far too many people in the UK and elsewhere in the world who are getting the wrong idea of what is going on in Bahrain because of poor, unprofessional journalism and, in the case of broadcasters like Press TV, outright negative propaganda.
YOU can't blame Amy for getting the wrong idea tonight and thinking David loves her.
When you mangle the language you can't blame people for getting the wrong idea.
Yoshonda Patterson, who rents a property on Lustful Court, Macon, hopes that people will stop getting the wrong idea about the neighbourhood if the name is changed.
The last thing they want is any former chief executives getting the wrong idea.
THE message here is to preserve children's ability to imagine, and about getting the wrong idea about others and the unknown.
Bittner blanches at the word, and you could see how a guy who has spent a chunk of his life feeding birds and cataloging their existence might be a tad defensive over people getting the wrong idea.
Before I send you galloping off to Ladbrokes candy store, let me tell you straight off so you don't go getting the wrong idea - the value of investments can go down as well as it can go up.
They can make sure that some of the less suitable impulses of Jesus get edited out or sufficiently blurred and confused to save people from getting the wrong idea.
Now though, Caerphilly County Council is fighting back, claiming people have been getting the wrong idea about what is being planned.
The main worry for the players was that the supporters would be getting the wrong idea.
Barbara Sabin said: "People are getting the wrong idea.
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