take (something) out of context

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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.
See also: context, of, out, take
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Bono didn't deny that her remarks were newsworthy but said, "This is still not talking about the fact that [Lovell] was taking it out of context in that we were talking about everything GLAAD was doing to save Ellen.