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Wrong End of the Stick (You have got hold of the)

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You have quite misapprehended the matter; you have got the wrong sow by the ear. There is another form of this phrase which determines the allusion. The toe of the stick is apt to be fouled with dirt, and when laid hold of defiles the hand instead of supporting the feet.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Worthies (The Nine)
Wound
Wraith
Wrangler
Wrath’s Hole (Cornwall)
Wraxen
Wright of Norwich
Write
Write Like an Angel (To)
Wrong
Wrong End of the Stick (You have got hold of the)
Wrong Side of the Blanket (The)
Wrong Side of the Cloth (That is the)
Wrong Sow by the Ear (You have the)
Wrongun (A)
Wroth Money or Wroth Silver
Wulstan (St.)
Wunderberg
Wyn-monath [Wine-month]
Wynd
Wyoming
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