get off on the wrong foot

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get off on the wrong foot

To have a bad start. Said of something that goes or has gone awry at the very beginning. I know we got off on the wrong foot when I was a half hour late to the interview, but I promise that I will always be on time once I start working here.
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get off on the wrong foot

see under on the right foot.
See also: foot, get, off, on, wrong
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get off on the wrong foot

If you get off on the wrong foot, you start a relationship or an activity badly. We got off on the wrong foot the first time I met him. Note: You can also say that you start off on the wrong foot. Their relationship had started off on the wrong foot, but the bond between Packer and Singleton grew stronger over time. Note: You can also say that something gets people or activities off on the wrong foot or starts them off on the wrong foot. Most of the farming people had some trouble with English pronouns (hi in Welsh is she in English, which starts them off on the wrong foot). Note: The `wrong foot' refers to the left foot. There is an ancient superstition that the left side of the body is connected with bad luck and evil. The Romans sometimes placed guards at the entrances to public buildings to ensure that people entered them with their right foot first. `Get out of bed on the wrong side' is based on a similar belief. Compare with be caught on the wrong foot. Compare with start off on the right foot.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

get/start off on the right/wrong ˈfoot (with somebody)

(informal) start a relationship well/badly: I seem to have got off on the wrong foot with the new boss.
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Moorehead said, "You've already gotten off on the wrong foot in your return to school today, and now you have the audacity to get caught running through these hallways.