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confusion worse confounded

Confusion made worse. Recess was already underway when the fire alarm rang, leading to confusion worse confounded. Trying to wrangle all those kids was certainly a chore!
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smoke and mirrors

Trickery, deception, or misdirection. The candidate has been accused of using smoke and mirrors during the debate to undermine the credibility of his opponent. Before computer generated effects, filmmakers had to use a lot of smoke and mirrors to make fantastic, unbelievable things look realistic in their movies.
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smoke and mirrors

deception and confusion. (Said of statements or more complicated rhetoric used to mislead people rather than inform. Alludes to the way a magician uses optical illusion to create believability while performing a trick. Fixed order.) Most people know that the politician was just using smoke and mirrors to make things look better than they really were. Her report was little more than smoke and mirrors. No one will believe any of it.
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throw someone or something into confusion

to cause people or a process to become confused, aimless, or disorderly. She made her entrance early and threw eveyone onstage into confusion. The judge's surprise ruling threw the courtroom into confusion.
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smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors are words and actions that are intended to deceive or confuse people, especially by making something seem better than it really is. The president claims that his economic plan is free of the smoke and mirrors of previous presidential budget proposals. Thousands of shareholders learned too late that the company's image of success had been created with smoke and mirrors. Note: Magicians sometimes use smoke and mirrors when they are performing tricks, in order to confuse or deceive people.
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smoke and mirrors

the obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information. chiefly North American
1998 Sunday Telegraph Ministers accused the Conservatives of a ‘smoke and mirrors’ con trick.
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smoke and ˈmirrors

used to describe ways of tricking people or of hiding the truth: He said the government had used smoke and mirrors to raise taxes.The commission has declared war on the smoke and mirrors of sales promotions.
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smoke and mirrors

n. a strategy of deception and cover up. Her entire report was nothing but smoke and mirrors. Who could believe any of it?
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smoke and mirrors

Something that deceives or distorts the truth: Your explanation is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
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The research is the first large population-based study to prove that people with confusion caused by dementia or delirium, have inferior treatment outcomes, when compared with the rest of the population.
Courts analyze many factors in assessing whether there is a likelihood of confusion.
It begins with a historical analysis demonstrating how the growth of confusion reasoning overwhelmed inherent limits on trademark rights that once protected competition or communication values.
11) This Note also will provide an overview of the current split between circuits requiring proof of actual confusion and those allowing proof of "likelihood of confusion" to support an award of damages.
The bishops expressed some confusion over the mandate, financing and terms of the new position, while adding their general support for the concept.
Palabras clave: confusion, sesgo, factor de riesgo.
Post-operative confusion is a relatively common and well-known condition in patients who are treated in intensive care units.
In his confusion, he offers to build dwellings for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.
All it took to complete the mishap was confusion in the landing pattern, and on this night there was confusion a-plenty.
He told BBC radio: "We are looking at a degree of Government confusion which I think is a pity.
Cutlets in opposition, telling The Washington Post the revised rule would create "a lot of confusion.
Clarifies a potential source of confusion in the DFARS over the application of the Buy American Act and the Trade Agreements Act to subcontracts.
Trademark infringement requires proof that the defendant's use of the same or similar mark is likely to produce confusion in the minds of consumers about the origin of the goods.
With an appealing honesty Shaw describes one of the driving forces behind her work as a kind of psychological state--a confusion that leads her to try to make sense of the world and its illusions through pictures, often of herself.