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English definition of “back the wrong horse”

back the wrong horse

to make the wrong decision and support a person or action that is later unsuccessful : In all his years as a book publisher , he rarely backed the wrong horse .Wrong Grammar:BackBack is an adverb, noun, adjective or verb.Grammar:Back as an adverb[taking a photograph]Grammar:Back as a nounGrammar:Back as an adjectiveGrammar:Back as a verb[talking about a pet dog]
(Definition of back the wrong horse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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