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!
See also: case, identity, mistaken, of

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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He told me only a week or two ago that he thinks he knows why his brother was taken--that it was a case of mistaken identity.
A man shouts, 'Oh my God, it's Nick Clegg"' - Ed Miliband, the ex-Labour leader, tweets a case of mistaken identity.
Swarbrick apologised, via a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, and the case of mistaken identity has been accepted by an Independent Regulatory Commission.
REFEREES' chief Mike Riley says technology must be used to help officials in the wake of the latest case of mistaken identity.
Pulis, who saw defender Gareth McAuley sent off in the defeat at Manchester City yesterday in a case of mistaken identity, has been using Chris Brunt at left-back since he arrived at the Hawthorns.
A CASE of mistaken identity made me think the other day.
The centre-back, who had his recent red card against Manchester United rescinded because of a case of mistaken identity, joins forces with wife Leanne in a team of five against a quintet skippered by former Strictly Come Dancing winner Jill Halfpenny.
A MAN has been jailed after attacking a stranger in his own home - in a case of mistaken identity.
The official was caught up in a bizarre case of mistaken identity in Chelsea's 6-0 defeat of Arsenal, sending off Kieran Gibbs rather than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a deliberate handball.
We are looking into the motive, but believe it may be drugs related and a case of mistaken identity.
When asked to explain why four of the girls had identified him as the suspect, as had the manager of a B&B on Manchester Road where he allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl, he said he was 'unlucky' and it was a case of mistaken identity.
Summary: Seventeen Indian men, who have been languishing in a Sharjah jail even after being spared from death sentence due to new legal hurdles, 'are now facing a case of mistaken identity,' albeit out of court.
THE STORY A case of mistaken identity sees small-town girl Grace (Gomez) and her friends (Cassidy and Meester) looking for love in Monte Carlo.
Late on Craig Malcolm and Kaczan were sent off after a spat but the Elgin ace said: "It's a case of mistaken identity so I hope we can appeal it.
FULL STORY: PAGE 7 SKY BLUES TARGET LEAGUE DOUBLE BACK PAGE SEARCH AFTER DOG ATTACK POLICE are hunting a man who let his dog viciously attack a teenager in a case of mistaken identity.