miss the point

miss the point

To misunderstand the essence or crux of something. That's not what I meant at all—you missed the point of everything I just said.
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miss the point

to fail to understand the important part of something. I'm afraid you missed the point. Let me explain it again. You keep explaining, and I keep missing the point.
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miss the point

Overlook or fail to understand the essential or important part of something, as in Chris missed the point of Gwen's complaint, thinking she was opposed to the date of the next meeting . This expression employs point in the sense of "the salient portion," a usage dating from the late 1300s.
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I shop in my local village, using the bakery, newsagents, small Co-op etc and, yes, Morrisons, However, this is where you miss the point of my argument.
This is to miss the point of the Mass with its sacrificial nature.
BONO, on how right-wing Christians miss the point of the U2 song "One," as quoted in the November 3 issue of Roiling Stone
However unfortunate, this is the natural evolution of the beast, and those who complain that it is now no more than a showcase for the next Hollywood blockbuster miss the point.
But to dwell on technicalities is to miss the point.
You seem to miss the point entirely that I was recounting my own past experiences--as triggered by Ellen Gallagher's provocative art and her quite irreverent representation of the "race issue.
Lest anyone miss the point, Fierstein adds, "I am an artist," with simultaneous mock-haughtiness and no-bull conviction.