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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.
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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.
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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!
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Another legal avenue which may be explored by brand owners is filing an action for unfair competition before the Economic Court, requesting for the immediate cease of manufacturing and marketing of the products bearing the confusingly similar or identical trademark.
Verizon argued, in a 2008 case, that the defendants registered 1,392 domain names that were confusingly similar to Verizon's trademarks.
Back in Kentish town, a sign encourages me to discover "peace through past lives regression, with a re-knowned Indian hypnotherapist, whilst another, even more confusingly urges me to come to a meeting to speak to an alien.
The absence of a confusingly similar federally registered mark does not necessarily indicate that the proposed mark can be used without restriction.
Rather, it lets others know that the descriptive wording can be used in other marks so long as those marks are not confusingly similar to the original composite word and design mark as a whole.
A spokesman, confusingly, suggested it could get colder or it could get warmer over the next ten days.
The view that a more positive construct of eunuchs evolved by the tenth century (or eighth, or ninth: confusingly the date given varies) is also debatable.
Some lakes have been omitted from the relief map, the most important of which is Barrier Lake (although, confusingly, its name still appears).
The book contains endless tips on how to avoid confusingly similar words and misplacing modifiers.
Confusingly, the new 118i is powered by a two-litre petrol engine featuring the same technical specification as the 120i which was part of the launch line-up.
Rather confusingly, Dooley would have Urban VIII mad at Galileo both for being an astrologer and for his disdain of astrology in the 1632 Dialogue on the Two World Systems.
Confusingly, the variety Silver Queen is male, while Golden King is female
branch of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips, says that once a trademark application has completed final review, "it means the [Patent and Trademark Office] has reviewed all other trademarks and found no confusingly similar registered marks.
According to the online edition of the Swedish business daily Dagens Industri MTG regards Hi3G's use of "3" as confusingly similar to its trade mark "3", used in conjunction with the TV channel TV 3.