bet\ on\ the\ wrong\ horse

v. phr. informal
To base your plans on a wrong guess about the result of something; misread the future; misjudge a coming event.

To count on the small family farm as an important thing in the American future now looks like betting on the wrong horse.

He expected Bush to be elected President in 1992 but as it happened, he bet on the wrong horse.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • bet on the wrong horse — {v. phr,}, {informal} To base your plans on a wrong guess about the result of something; misread the future; misjudge a coming event. * /To count on the small family farm as an important thing in the American future now looks like betting on the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bet on the wrong horse — {v. phr,}, {informal} To base your plans on a wrong guess about the result of something; misread the future; misjudge a coming event. * /To count on the small family farm as an important thing in the American future now looks like betting on the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bet on the wrong horse —    If you back or bet on the wrong horse, for example the loser in a contest, match or election, you support the wrong person.     When I voted for him, I was convinced he would win, but I backed the wrong horse …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • bet on the wrong horse — misjudge a coming event, misread the future I think that he bet on the wrong horse by putting all of his money into that new stock …   Idioms and examples

  • bet on the wrong horse — place ones hopes and expectations in the wrong place …   English contemporary dictionary

  • back the wrong horse —    If you back the wrong horse, you give your support to the losing side in something.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you back or bet on the wrong horse, for example the loser in a contest, match or election, you support the wrong… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • back the wrong horse — bet on a losing racehorse; support the wrong or losing side …   English contemporary dictionary

  • horse — See: BET ON THE WRONG HORSE, CART BEFORE THE HORSE, CHANGE HORSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREAM or CHANGE HORSES IN MIDSTREAM, EAT LIKE A HORSE, HOLD ONE S HORSES. IRON HORSE, LOCK THE BARN DOOR AFTER THE HORSE IS STOLEN, LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wrong — See: BARK UP THE WRONG TREE, BET ON THE WRONG HORSE, GET OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT, GET UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED, IN THE WRONG, LAUGH ON THE WRONG SIDE OF ONE S MOUTH, RUB THE WRONG WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • horse — See: bet on the wrong horse, cart before the horse, change horses in the middle of a stream or change horses in midstream, eat like a horse, hold one s horses, iron horse, lock the barn door after the horse is stolen, look a gift horse in the… …   Словарь американских идиом


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