miss the point

miss the point

To misunderstand the essence or crux of something. That's not what I meant at all—you missed the point of everything I just said.
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miss the point

to fail to understand the important part of something. I'm afraid you missed the point. Let me explain it again. You keep explaining, and I keep missing the point.
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miss the point

Overlook or fail to understand the essential or important part of something, as in Chris missed the point of Gwen's complaint, thinking she was opposed to the date of the next meeting . This expression employs point in the sense of "the salient portion," a usage dating from the late 1300s.
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I shop in my local village, using the bakery, newsagents, small Co-op etc and, yes, Morrisons, However, this is where you miss the point of my argument.
This is to miss the point of the Mass with its sacrificial nature.
BONO, on how right-wing Christians miss the point of the U2 song "One," as quoted in the November 3 issue of Roiling Stone
However unfortunate, this is the natural evolution of the beast, and those who complain that it is now no more than a showcase for the next Hollywood blockbuster miss the point.
But to dwell on technicalities is to miss the point.
To court such a view is to miss the point by a laughable degree, and helps to explain why so many organizations got their fingers burnt with the deployment of their data warehouses.
It's easy to miss the point when teams hire whichever singer the record producer down the street is pushing this week.
You seem to miss the point entirely that I was recounting my own past experiences--as triggered by Ellen Gallagher's provocative art and her quite irreverent representation of the "race issue.
Lest anyone miss the point, Fierstein adds, "I am an artist," with simultaneous mock-haughtiness and no-bull conviction.
But to suggest that life bilked Ted Williams out of even one swing is to miss the point of his memory, which Friday permeated baseball, where living greats of the game praised him, and reached all the way to the White House, where President Bush noted his wartime efforts before his ball-field exploits.
In any other case, this would either be anomalous or miss the point.
If you only look at the stats, you miss the point of Emily.
Did I miss the point of David Nyhan's ``Violent seeds bloom, Northern Ireland's Protestant malice has lengthy history,'' (Opinion, July 24), or was he trying to say that anyone with religious conviction is intrinsically evil?
Parker seems to miss the point of the foot soldier's role in combat - the slogger is cannon fodder.