coger el rábano por las hojas

USAGE NOTE
This idiom may be literally translated as "to hold the radish by its leaves."
coger el rábano por las hojas(
koh
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hehr
 
ehl
 
rrah
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bah
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noh
 
pohr
 
lahs
 
oh
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hahs
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (to completely misunderstand something)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to get the wrong end of the stick
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (United Kingdom)
Quien piense que esta es simplemente una película de ciencia ficción más está cogiendo el rábano por las hojas.Whoever thinks this is just another sci-fi movie, they're getting the wrong end of the stick.
b. to get hold of the wrong end of the stick
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(idiom) (United Kingdom)
Me temo que cogí el rábano por las hojas al contestar esa pregunta en la rueda de prensa.I'm afraid I got hold of the wrong end of the stick when I answered that question during the press conference.
c. to get the wrong idea
Respeto tu patriotismo, pero en este caso creo que estás cogiendo el rábano por las hojas. Mi artículo no es un ataque a nuestra nación.I respect your patriotism, but I think in this case you're getting the wrong idea. My article isn't an attack against our nation.
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