in the wrong place


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in the wrong place (at the wrong time)

unlucky to be somewhere Cops say the kid who got shot was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was, simply, the wrong man in the wrong place and was very unhappy.
Opposite of: in the right place at the right time
See also: place, wrong
References in classic literature ?
Never mind; one can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.
Not being a very good scholar, Ralph gets some one else to write a love-letter for him, but when he copies it he puts all the stops in the wrong places, which makes the sense quite different from what he had intended, and instead of being full of pretty things the letter is full of insults.
I've got my first driving lesson next week - if I do a three point turn in the wrong place it could be curtains.