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confuse the issue

To obfuscate or distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant and/or misleading information. Politicians are always confusing the issue during debates by pointing out their opponents' history in other issues. Don't confuse the issue with talk about your past achievements, please stick to the question I'm asking you. His muddled explanation only served to confuse the issue further for his students.
See also: confuse, issue

confuse about (something)

To puzzle or make uncertain about something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "confuse" and "about." I wasn't trying to confuse my students about sine and cosine, but it seems that I have. I'm sorry I'm so early—I must have been confused about the party's start time.
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confuse (someone or something) with (someone or something)

1. To puzzle or perplex a person or animal by doing something in particular. I wasn't trying to confuse my students with my lesson on sine and cosine, but it seems that I have. If you're not consistent, you'll just end up confusing your dog with your commands.
2. To mistake someone or something for someone or something else. People are always confusing me with my sister because we look so much alike. Oh, I'm not a biology major—you must be confusing me with my roommate. Please don't confuse the pile of clothes I'm donating with the pile of ones I'm keeping.
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confuse someone about something

to cause someone to be puzzled or bewildered about something. She confused me about the time of the concert. I wish you wouldn't confuse me about those things.
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confuse someone or an animal with something

to use something to bewilder or confuse someone or an animal. You have confused me with your clever talk. You confused the dog with your orders.
See also: animal, confuse

confuse (someone) with (someone else)

 and confuse (something) with (something else)
to mix someone up with someone else; to mistake someone or something with something else. I'm afraid you have confused me with my brother. Don't confuse the old ones with the new ones.
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mistake (someone) for (someone else)

 and mix (someone) up with (someone else)
to confuse someone with someone else; to think that one person is another person. I'm sorry. I mistook you for John. Tom is always mistaking Bill for me. We don't look a thing alike, though. Try not to mix Bill up with Bob, his twin.
See also: mistake

mistake (something) for (something else)

 and mix (something) up with (something else)
to confuse two things with each other. Please don't mix this idea up with that one. I mistook my book for yours.
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mistake for

Take someone or something for someone or something else, as in I'm sorry, I mistook you for her sister, or Don't mistake that friendly smile for good intentions; he's a tough competitor. [c. 1600]
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mistake for

v.
To wrongly perceive that someone or something is someone or something else: I'm sorry to have bothered you—I mistook you for a friend of mine. Don't mistake the poison ivy for a box elder vine!
See also: mistake
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These confusion matrixes reveal that consonants fall into confusable clusters of varying sizes as in the control population.
In the case of English, the culprits are usually found among a set of 16 consonants that are notoriously confusable: (represented here using English letters) "p, t, k, f, th, s, sh, b, d, g, v, dh, z, zh, m, n" (Miller and Nicely 1961:153).
To support the participants' impression that the speech recognition system was real, the preset recognition errors that the system made consisted of acoustically confusable letters (e.g., T, P, and B: "Teapody" instead of "Peabody").
Lahu words in the text are cited in the Baptist orthography, a wise choice since it is the most widely used, although unfortunately burdened with cumbersome and easily confusable tone-marks.
The authors provide LSA thresh-olds for three navigation problems: confusable heading or link text, unfamiliar heading or link text, and goal-specific competing heading or link text.
Another spellcheck and grammar check programme highlights confusable words, asking her whether she really means to spell a particular 'confusable' in a particular way.
The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage offers this guide: "Remembering that the foreword means 'words that come in the front of the book, before the book itself begins' will help writers with this spelling confusable."
For handling heterogeneous accents, it can be infeasible to tailor an application to minimize highly confusable error patterns [6].
Laurence Urdang, The Dictionary of Confusable Words (1988).
One expression of this principle is that the introduction of similar, potentially confusable stimuli should be separated.
Medical uncertainties come in different flavors and shapes, but its impact which comes along the lines of class overlap or confusable symptoms is of interest to us.
Information about relation similarity is used in training and evaluation, as it roughly indicates how confusable the linguistic expression of two relations are.
Chaotic patterns are easily confusable with random patterns, but in the first case, a short-term prediction is possible, whereas in the second case, no type of prediction is possible.
Because older adults have more difficulty with search as noise becomes more confusable with the target, they would experience greater difficulty in the high-clutter conditions with a large number of links.
One hypothesis was that the learners often report information recalled from the previous test(s) rather than from the previous presentation(s) either because the presentations of the material are less memorable than the test episodes, or they are equally memorable, but confusable. In either case, if the presentations were somehow made more distinctive, available and memorable, then further learning might be enhanced.