Which word or phrase did you understand completely wrong since your childhood and learned about the true meaning/pronunciation years later?

Which word or phrase did you understand completely wrong since your childhood and learned about the true meaning/pronunciation years later?

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  1. “Waste not, want not” means “don’t be wasteful and you won’t lack for things”, not “don’t waste something just because you don’t want it” – i.e. “you should hoard”.

  2. “Let’s get down to brass tacks”

    Always thought it was brass tax

    Also “play it by ear”

    I thought it was “play it by year” like, we can change what we’re doing annually.

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