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wrong number

  1. a call made to a number other than the one intended.
  2. the number or person reached through such a call.
  1. the wrong person for a particular task, role, or situation:
    Me cook a gourmet dinner?—You've got the wrong number!
  2. an inadequate, disagreeable, or repulsive person:
    She's OK, but her brother's a wrong number. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for wrong number
  • In fact, they were more surprised to see the wrong number of dolls than the right number, but different-looking ones.
  • Smart called into work with a dial phone on the sole of his shoe, and often got a wrong number.
  • If you fill out the forms incorrectly and/or send the wrong number of forms, they will be returned to you.
  • If the caller has reached a wrong number, be courteous.
  • It is possible to reach a wrong number or hear an announcement indicating that the number dialed is not in service.
  • Wait for the operator and explain that you want credit for a wrong number.
  • It is easy to type in the wrong number or transpose digits.
  • Responded saying they had the wrong number and then recognized the voice to be familiar.
  • After the recording period ends, callers who do not use the correct area code may reach a wrong number.
British Dictionary definitions for wrong number

wrong number

a telephone number wrongly connected or dialled in error or the person so contacted
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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