in the wrong

[in the wrong] {adj. phr.} With moral or legal right or truthagainst you; against justice, truth, or fact; wrong.

In attacking asmaller boy, Jack was plainly in the wrong.

Mary was in the wrongto drink from a finger bowl.

Since he had put pennies behind thefuses, Bill was in the wrong when fire broke out.

Compare: OUT OF THEWAY. Contrast: IN THE RIGHT.