off on the wrong foot

*off on the wrong foot

 and *off to a bad start
Fig. starting something (such as a friendship) with negative factors. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Bill and Tom got off on the wrong foot. They had a minor car accident just before they were introduced. Let's work hard to befriends. I hate to get off on the wrong foot.
See also: foot, off, on, wrong
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And it doesn't help that his relationship with smart but grumpy, first-time agent Del Blaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt) gets off on the wrong foot to the wrong face.