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    the wrong end of the stick

    Good morning,
    I am trying to remember the origins of the above expression:
    I seem to remember reading it being referred to in biblical times when no toilet paper was available and a stick was being used to wipe one's bottom ... hence the expression (in case one picked up a used stick by the "wrong" end )
    Can anyone confirm this origin / or correct it ?
    Many thanks in advance
    Paul

    p.s I am new to this forum and if the question has already been asked and replied to , I apologise (i have not yet found how to effectively put a search for previous threads )

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