T-learning # Idiom
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to get up on the wrong side of the bed

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to fall out with someone

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b) to be annoyed

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If someone got out of the wrong side of the bed or got up on the wrong side of the bed, they are in a bad mood are are easily annoyed all day.

French translation

se lever du pied gauche, se lever du mauvais pied

How NOT to translate : *se lever du mauvais côté du lit


Examples in context

Got up on the wrong side of the bed ? Your work will show it

A new study of telephone customer service representatives shows just how important it is for employees to start the workday in a good mood.

Researchers found that employees’ moods when they clocked in tended to affect how they felt the rest of the day. Early mood was linked to their perceptions of customers and to how they reacted to customers’ moods.

And most importantly to managers, employee mood had a clear impact on performance, including both how much work employees did and how well they did it.’

Science Daily, 4 April 2011


Wake up on the wrong side of the bed ? : Survey reveals majority of Americans prefer sleeping on the right

A recent survey reveals there may be a wrong side of the bed after all.
In celebration of Sleep Awareness Week from March 2 to March 8, a survey conducted by the mattress company Saatva found that a majority of Americans prefer the right side of the bed.
The study also found that men were more likely than women to care about which side of the bed they were sleeping on and women cared more about which direction they were facing in bed.’

The Daily Mail, 3 March 2015


Everyday usage

What’s the matter with you today ? Did you get out of the wrong side of the bed or something ?

I feel awful. I must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. On second thought, maybe it was all that champagne I drank last night !

c) to make the wrong decision

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