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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In the same way, you shouldn't get the wrong idea about this film.
Lest you get the wrong idea, for all the times that Dad (and, even more unsettling, his sons) wields the ax, there isn't one drop of blood in the movie.