back the wrong horse
back the wrong horse
Fig. to support someone or something that cannot win or succeed. •

I don't want to back the wrong horse, but it seems to me that Jed is the better candidate.

Fred backed the wrong horse in the budget hearings.

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{v. phr.} To support a loser. * /In voting for George Bush, voters in 1992 were backing the wrong horse./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • back the wrong horse —    If you back the wrong horse, you give your support to the losing side in something.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you back or bet on the wrong horse, for example the loser in a contest, match or election, you support the wrong… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Back the wrong horse —   If you back the wrong horse, you give your support to the losing side in something …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • back the wrong horse — to support a person or thing that fails. It was only after we d invested all the money that we discovered we d been backing the wrong horse …   New idioms dictionary

  • back\ the\ wrong\ horse — v. phr. To support a loser. In voting for George Bush, voters in 1992 were backing the wrong horse …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Back the wrong horse — support the wrong or losing contender …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • back the wrong horse — Australian Slang support the wrong or losing contender …   English dialects glossary

  • back the wrong horse — bet on a losing racehorse; support the wrong or losing side …   English contemporary dictionary

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