tomar el rábano por las hojas

USAGE NOTE
This idiom may be literally translated as "to hold the radish by its leaves" and may also be written "agarrar el rábano por las hojas."
tomar el rábano por las hojas(
toh
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mahr
 
ehl
 
rrah
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bah
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noh
 
pohr
 
lahs
 
oh
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hahs
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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)
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)
Estás tomando el rábano por las hojas. Cuando dije "una pelea", no quise decir una pelea a puñetazos, sino una discusión.You're getting the wrong end of the stick. When I said "a fight", I didn't mean a fistfight, but an argument.
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)
Lucas me miró con lascivia y entonces supe que había tomado el rábano por las hojas.Lucas looked at me lasciviously, and then I knew he'd gotten hold of the wrong end of the stick.
c. to get the wrong idea
Tomaste el rábano por las hojas. Su comentario era irónico, mi mamá es una persona muy liberal.You got the wrong idea. Her comment was ironic, my mom is a very liberal person.
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