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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We had made a good start but it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Mr Bravo said Ryan, 18, had been studying to become an accountant and was simply "in the wrong place at the wrong time".
Often it boiled down to being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If so, it's possible that your rebounding woes stem from being 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.