in the wrong place at the wrong time

in the wrong place at the wrong time

Physically present somewhere when something bad or problematic happens. The phrase is often used to indicate that the trouble that one encountered was not their fault but rather due to unfortunate circumstances. There are a lot of conspiracy theories about why he was targeted, but I think he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I happened to be walking through right when the protest started. Talk about being in the wrong place the wrong time.
See also: place, time, wrong

in the wrong place at the wrong time

in the location where something bad is to happen exactly when it happens. I always get into trouble. I'm just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It isn't my fault. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
See also: place, time, wrong
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One more player mixed up with the wrong crowd in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Darrent Williams was, indeed, with the wrong crowd in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But the power industry is currently working on ways to help reduce the likelihood that small events, like a tree being in the wrong place at the wrong time, grow into massive blackouts.
Julio, she says, was a good kid just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Thank God, I didn't slip up and arrive in the wrong place at the wrong time myself.
Two ducks, a rabbit and a chicken were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or at least that is what a judge said Tuesday.