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"What is this "wrong end of the stick" business? Does he think I was scolding him? If he does, I have to let him know I wasn't!

Translation much appreciated!


Hi sheila,

According to, it means he misunderstood what was said. The Phrase Finder suggests the same thing. I don't know the extent of either site's expertise and it's the first time I've seen the phrase used in that particular context.

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