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take (something) out of context

To misrepresent the meaning of an utterance, an action, or a report thereof by omitting or altering the original context in which it was spoken or done. You have to be very careful what you say when you're a politician, because the media are all too happy to take anything you say out of context. The way you're describing what she did sounds terrible, but you're taking things completely out of context.
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in the context of something

in the circumstances under which something happens or has happened. In the context of a funeral, laughing loudly is inappropriate. In the context of an argument, it is fine to speak firmly.
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*out of context

[of an utterance or the report of an action] removed from the surrounding context of the event, thereby misrepresenting the intent of the utterance or report. (*Typically: be ~; lift something ~; quote someone or something ~; take something ~.) You took her remarks out of context! You're the dishonest person, not her!
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Context Context Context: How Our Blindness to Context Cripples Even the Smartest Organizations
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It is important to note that in all cases, the reduction of the difference between performance in new and old contexts is due to recovery in the different-context group over time.
6) in respect of Functional Grammar (FG), from which it derives, FDG needs to take seriously the situated nature of language-based communication and hence to provide for an account of the interplay between language and context.
No discipline could possibly countenance any authority other than that internal to the inquiry itself, and since religion in his cultural context was conceived primarily in terms of authority, religion had to be alien to the university.
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Even apart from the conflict between Clendenin Brothers and NEMA, the case law on the pollution exclusion in contexts involving indoor pollution claims conflicts, is suggesting that insurers and insureds may continue to litigate the pollution exclusion issue in the welding fume context.
The authors focus on the significance of the counselor's cultural contexts in effective career interventions vis-a-vis the incorporation of multicultural metacognition.
The articles in this issue illustrate a variety of solutions in a range of contexts, from the implementation of large systems to issue-specific solutions that are still in development.
Within which conflict management contexts do prospective school leaders need additional training?
Her contexts are often psychological rather than social or geographical.
Instead of tracing the development of more humane attitudes toward child murder over time, McDonagh suggests an alternative model of temporal layering, whereby the motif of child murder "acts as a bearer of meanings from previous contexts, and functions as a mechanism of historical memory" (11).
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