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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!
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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.
But if you take legal action, the other company can assert that you allowed the DILLONS brand to co-exist in the market (for chili sauce) and that this is evidence that DYLANS and DILLONS are not confusingly similar.
According to documents filed May 27 by Samsung in a federal court in San Jose, California, the South Korean company said Apple must show its iPhone and iPad models under development so that Samsung can examine them and see whether the smartphones and tablets sold by the two companies are confusingly similar.
If the complainant proves that a cybersquatter used bad faith in registering a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to the complainant's trademark, the domain name will be canceled or transferred to the complainant.
IN something of a comparethemarket/comparethemeerkat moment, two Pink Floyd bands with confusingly similar names have lined up local dates.
The map on the wide screen confusingly turning blue not red; then someone says to me, hard to remember who, "Of course, the real issue is not that he is 'black' but that he's a Christian." And, later when we listen to his acceptance speech, emotional and full of the power of the preacher I am reminded of another day of hope when Tony Blair accepted the leadership of the Labour party, before his own New Dawn: "Together we will change the course of our history, take the shattered remnants of our country and build a new and confident Britain for a new and changing world."
If a confusingly similar term within the same class or a related class is found, create another mark.
Oneida contends that Utica Cutlery, through its unincorporated Walco division, is marketing and selling flatware patterns virtually identical and confusingly similar to Oneida's Julliard, Marquette and Forever patterns.
Yet there are some intriguing design touches such as the tiny icons which you only gradually discover such as the scarcely-noticeable up arrow which takes you to the home page and the magnifying glass which confusingly turns out to stand for the search engine not zooming in.
Name issues: One potential problem when registering as a foreign LLC arises when the LLC's name is confusingly similar to an LLC already formed or registered to do business in the state.
While registration on the Supplemental Register does not provide the same scope of protection as a Principal Register registration, it does have certain advantages, such as a) the right to use the federal registration symbol ([R]), which often serves as a kind of scarecrow to help ward off use of confusingly similar marks by other organizations; and b) a requirement that trademark-examining attorneys use Supplemental Register registrations to bar the registration of confusingly similar marks in subsequently filed applications.
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.