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    Default get/start off on the wrong foot

    Hello.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    get/start off on the wrong foot : to begin a relationship badly
    ▪ They got off on the wrong foot when they first met and they've disliked each other ever since.


    Can I say "start out on the wrong foot" in place of "start off on the wrong foot"?
    It's not correct to say "get out on the wrong foot" instead of "get off on the wrong foot," is it?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: get/start off on the wrong foot

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    get/start off on the wrong foot : to begin a relationship badly
    ▪ They got off on the wrong foot when they first met and they've disliked each other ever since.


    Can I say "start out on the wrong foot" in place of "start off on the wrong foot"?
    It's not correct to say "get out on the wrong foot" instead of "get off on the wrong foot," is it?

    Thank you.
    I BELIEVE that I've heard both and as I can't remember ever being "bothered" by one or the other, I guess they are both okay. I initially thought that 'start off' was the one I have always used but now I'm not so sure.

    Maybe 'start out' works because of its similarity in the phrase 'start off/out on a trip/journey/etc

    GOOGLE - EXACT PHRASE, ENGLISH ONLY PAGES

    Results 1 - 10 of about 635,000 English pages for "start out on the wrong foot".

    Results 1 - 10 of about 115,000 English pages for "start off on the wrong foot".

    [In this search, you are number 3, I believe]
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    For 'get', it doesn't work. Note that there are only two hits, one of them is yours and the other one sounds odd.

    GOOGLE - EXACT PHRASE, ENGLISH ONLY PAGES

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