in the wrong box


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in the wrong box

obsolete In the wrong place or situation; out of one's normal environment or natural element. I must tell you that I find myself in quite the wrong box with this affair. It is rather awkward for me to be dealing so directly with the upper crust of the country.
See also: box, wrong

in the wrong box

placed unsuitably or awkwardly; in difficulty or at a disadvantage.
This phrase perhaps arose with reference to an apothecary's boxes, from which a mistaken choice might have provided poison instead of medicine.
See also: box, wrong