(written as wrong’un)a ball bowled by a wrist-spinner that turns in the opposite direction from usual; a right-arm bowler’s googly or a left-arm bowler’s chinaman
Citation ‘Lock was overwhelmed trying to cut a very good wrong’un from Philpott’ (Peebles 1959)
Citation ‘In the New Zealand Tests, Warne’s mixture of, as he puts it, “various leggies, toppies, and wrongies” conceded only one-and-a-half runs an over’ (Frank Keating, Guardian 2 June 1993)
- noun a criminal, ne’er-do-well or other undesirable character
- noun something to be avoided, a nuisance. The term has been a common working-class colloquialism since the later 19th century.