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back the wrong horse

To support a person or an effort that fails. This expression refers to betting on horse races. You really backed the wrong horse when you picked that swimmer to win the race—he didn't even medal! Politicians who backed the wrong horse in the election are now trying to curry favor with the winning candidate—without much success.
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back the wrong horse

Fig. to support someone or something that cannot win or succeed. I don't want to back the wrong horse, but it seems to me that Jed is the better candidate. Fred backed the wrong horse in the budget hearings.
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back the wrong horse

Also, bet on the wrong horse. Guess wrongly or misjudge a future outcome, as in Jones garnered only a few hundred votes; we obviously backed the wrong horse, or Counting on the price of IBM to rise sharply was betting on the wrong horse. Transferred from wagering money on a horse that fails to win the race, a usage dating from the late 1600s, this term is widely applied to elections and other situations of uncertain outcome.
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back the wrong horse

If you back the wrong horse, you support someone or something that fails in business or in a contest, election, etc. He backed the wrong horse in the recent Tory leadership contest. The PM has wasted no time in sending the pro-euro camp a signal that they've backed the wrong horse. Note: Verbs such as bet on or pick or phrases such as put money on can be used instead of back. Betting on takeovers can backfire if you pick the wrong horse.
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back the wrong horse

make a wrong or inappropriate choice.
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ˌback the wrong ˈhorse

(British English) support the person, group etc. that later loses a contest or fails to do what was expected: I certainly backed the wrong horse when I said United would win the Cup Final.Many people who had voted for the party in the election were now feeling that they had backed the wrong horse.
In horse racing, if you back the wrong horse you bet money on a horse that does not win the race.
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Whether it was the FA or the BHA, neither emerged with its credibility fully intact and all because they backed the wrong horse.
The Montgomeryshire MP, right, and Business spokesman had backed the wrong horse in the past two leadership elections, earning him an unwelcome reputation as a political kiss of death.
I was never convinced by the striker and he's been missing chances galore during his career so I think the Celtic boss has backed the wrong horse with him.
Murray seemed to realise he had backed the wrong horse when, in September, he sacked Reid.
COULD it be that Tony Blair is getting the message from the Sunday Mirror and the nation that he has backed the wrong horse by supporting war on Iraq?
But I have to say that I think the board - against my strong advice - has backed the wrong horse in the TV Channel Stakes.
We backed the wrong horse there,but the US is good at that,having backed Pol Pot against the Cambodian Communists.
com said: 'To see one of history's great rugby players walk down Oxford Street publicly admitting he backed the wrong horse is not only fantastic sportsmanship, but a sight not to be missed.
By taking that line, to mix metaphors, JCR put all its eggs in one basket - and backed the wrong horse.
This is surely healthy for everyone except maybe the BHB, who might find they have backed the wrong horse once again.
Right near the top of my list are the punters who have never backed the wrong horse in their lives - it's just that jockeys constantly fail to wrest that necessary 40lb of improvement from their selection that would enable it to stand an earthly; or they want their money back because, for the
Clearly the panel wanted to mark the rapid rise of the UK garage and soul scene, but on this one they backed the wrong horse.