Get On The Wrong Side (Of Somebody) - Idiom

Video Overview

To 'get on somebody’s wrong side' means to do something or behave in a way that angers somebody or causes them to dislike you. This video explains the meaning and use of the idiom 'get on somebody’s wrong side' in English. We explain how to use it with some easy examples for Spoken and Business English.

Video Analysis

This informal idiom is highly popular in both social and professional situations and can mean to annoy someone to the point that they show displeasure towards you. This idiom is usually used in relation to somebody in a position of power or authority, or who is considered dangerous in some way. It would be rare to hear a native English speaker use the opposite term 'somebody’s right side'.

Further Examples:

  1. I think I got on the wrong side of Sarah at the party because of my boorish behaviourHopefully she will accept my apology and not hold it against me.

  2. Mike is someone with a lot of power and influence in the industry. You really don't want to get on the wrong side of him.

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