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take (something) out of context

To misrepresent the meaning of an utterance, an action, or a report thereof by omitting or altering the original context in which it was spoken or done. You have to be very careful what you say when you're a politician, because the media are all too happy to take anything you say out of context. The way you're describing what she did sounds terrible, but you're taking things completely out of context.
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in the context of something

in the circumstances under which something happens or has happened. In the context of a funeral, laughing loudly is inappropriate. In the context of an argument, it is fine to speak firmly.
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*out of context

[of an utterance or the report of an action] removed from the surrounding context of the event, thereby misrepresenting the intent of the utterance or report. (*Typically: be ~; lift something ~; quote someone or something ~; take something ~.) You took her remarks out of context! You're the dishonest person, not her!
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A satisfactory and lasting result in the water context cannot be achieved and should not be attempted by wholly divorcing consideration of the overriding conflict.
The other context was a 5-cell wire cage which was placed next to the chamber of Context A.
Rather, it just changes the context of experience radically enough so that we, and the person who wakes up, decide TC no longer exists.
Thus the context aware framework preserves battery life, and can actually contribute to prolonging that battery life by allowing more aggressive system power management.
In this paper we try to overcome this deficiency by: (i) defining a generic context model that can be used to accurately represent general purpose real contexts, (ii) enhancing the context model with new concepts that allow specifying the self- *autonomic properties, (iii) defining the context model self-configuring property and (iv) proposing a self-configuring algorithm used to monitor and evaluate the environment changes in order to keep updated the context model artifacts.
1032 cover only transfers of a parent's stock to its subsidiary's employees; they do not cover a transfer of stock in the partnership context.
advertised products type, advertised products information) and its association with the current user context (identity, activity, agenda, past view) in order to determine the most appropriate advertisement to be delivered.
MDE technologies help then to automate code generation concerning: (1) interactions with context management services and (2) runtime variations in the applications.
Sometimes the context concerns silence, since, for instance, Franklin did not anywhere discuss when he first bought slaves, and Waldstreicher finds the evidence not in Franklin's voluminous writings but in a shoemaker's bill.
And if our presumptions regarding "philosophy" itself (a la Rorty) are inherently linked to such strategies, then we will inevitably regard a postmodern context as one in which "anything goes.
We are aware also that courts may arrive at divergent decisions from our own within the specific context of manganese welding fumes.
Cultural diversity is a significant feature of the social context in which career development and work behavior occur (Sue, Parham, & Santiago, 1998).
Layers are an organizing device, supplying content or context that helps us communicate our message.
Part I includes chapters on practicing multiculturalism and the multicultural context of mental health.