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confuse the issue

To obfuscate or distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant and/or misleading information. Politicians are always confusing the issue during debates by pointing out their opponents' history in other issues. Don't confuse the issue with talk about your past achievements, please stick to the question I'm asking you. His muddled explanation only served to confuse the issue further for his students.
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confuse about (something)

To puzzle or make uncertain about something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "confuse" and "about." I wasn't trying to confuse my students about sine and cosine, but it seems that I have. I'm sorry I'm so early—I must have been confused about the party's start time.
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confuse (someone or something) with (someone or something)

1. To puzzle or perplex a person or animal by doing something in particular. I wasn't trying to confuse my students with my lesson on sine and cosine, but it seems that I have. If you're not consistent, you'll just end up confusing your dog with your commands.
2. To mistake someone or something for someone or something else. People are always confusing me with my sister because we look so much alike. Oh, I'm not a biology major—you must be confusing me with my roommate. Please don't confuse the pile of clothes I'm donating with the pile of ones I'm keeping.
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confuse someone about something

to cause someone to be puzzled or bewildered about something. She confused me about the time of the concert. I wish you wouldn't confuse me about those things.
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confuse someone or an animal with something

to use something to bewilder or confuse someone or an animal. You have confused me with your clever talk. You confused the dog with your orders.
See also: animal, confuse

confuse (someone) with (someone else)

 and confuse (something) with (something else)
to mix someone up with someone else; to mistake someone or something with something else. I'm afraid you have confused me with my brother. Don't confuse the old ones with the new ones.
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mistake (someone) for (someone else)

 and mix (someone) up with (someone else)
to confuse someone with someone else; to think that one person is another person. I'm sorry. I mistook you for John. Tom is always mistaking Bill for me. We don't look a thing alike, though. Try not to mix Bill up with Bob, his twin.
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mistake (something) for (something else)

 and mix (something) up with (something else)
to confuse two things with each other. Please don't mix this idea up with that one. I mistook my book for yours.
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mistake for

Take someone or something for someone or something else, as in I'm sorry, I mistook you for her sister, or Don't mistake that friendly smile for good intentions; he's a tough competitor. [c. 1600]
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mistake for

To wrongly perceive that someone or something is someone or something else: I'm sorry to have bothered you—I mistook you for a friend of mine. Don't mistake the poison ivy for a box elder vine!
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Rather, it lets others know that the descriptive wording can be used in other marks so long as those marks are not confusingly similar to the original composite word and design mark as a whole.
branch of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips, says that once a trademark application has completed final review, "it means the [Patent and Trademark Office] has reviewed all other trademarks and found no confusingly similar registered marks.
No-one but Hopkins could motivate me now,'' said 32-year-old Joppy, who is the WBA's actual middleweight titleholder - confusingly, they regard Hopkins as a ``super-champion'' because he also wears the WBC and IBF belts.
So members take half steps, supporting confusingly worded 'authorizations' that they can back away from easily if necessary.
In addition, the court ordered the Court of Appeals in Milan to issue an injunction against Budejovicky Budvar stopping the use of any name that is confusingly similar to Budweiser or Bud.
asp (be careful to use the Abstract Search, not the Quicklinks search confusingly placed above it); you can search for the abstract numbers.
The Fever Trail is an illuminating, profusely detailed, and confusingly organized yarn about the arduous European quest to end the South American quinine monopoly by transplanting cinchona and red calisaya trees, whose bark had an even higher concentration of quinine, to plantations in Europe, India, and Indonesia.
Duvall's dreamer is never just personal, of course, but someone confusingly implicated in the larger identity-conferring categories of race, gender, and class.
Confusingly, Portuguese Economic Journal does not cover Portuguese economics and the title only contains the geographical reference because it is "an initiative of Portuguese scholars," Springer said.
While this historical novel of Rhoda and Henry Berry Lowrie begins slowly and confusingly, it quickly becomes addictive.
He leads Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, which, confusingly, is a conservative party.
Thrillers and mysteries are often confusingly lumped into one genre by the uninitiated.
According to the complaint filed with WIPO on November 22, 2000, Franchise Recruiters alleged that the disputed domain name adopted and registered in April 1998 by Franstaff was identical or confusingly similar to the service mark "Franchise Recruiters Ltd.
Arkansas law provides for a Court to cancel a fictitious name, which is the same or confusingly similar to that of an existing corporation even if the name has been approved by the Secretary of State.
Somewhat confusingly, he asserts that ideological litmus tests are OK when they are applied to judges, but not to cabinet appointees.