A charming way to say that someone is seriously wrong – not right by a jugful.  I will try to slip this into my daily speech and see if anyone notices.

‘… he says that his account is not right by a jugful, that he does not come within half a mile of the truth.’  17 August 1858


Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 510

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