a case of mistaken identity

a case of mistaken identity

An instance in which one is thought or assumed to be someone else. Officer, this is a case of mistaken identity—I can assure you that I did not rob anyone!
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case of mistaken identity

the incorrect identification of someone. I am not the criminal you want to arrest. This is a case of mistaken identity.
See also: case, identity, mistaken, of
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READ:Mandaluyong police to probe fatal case of 'mistaken identity' Two people were killed in a shootout incident along Shaw Boulevard Thursday evening in what cops believed to be a case of mistaken identity.
We are checking if it's a case of mistaken identity, because if their goal was to kill, how come his girlfriend was left unharmed?
A MAN has been jailed after attacking a stranger in his own home - in a case of mistaken identity.
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Walker insists Andy McCraw was wrongly sent off after a second booking in 62 minutes in their 3-2 win over Clach - because his first yellow card was a case of mistaken identity by referee Scott MacDonald.