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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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References in classic literature ?
He needn't have made such a mystery about it," said Cecily, who had missed the point entirely, and couldn't see why the rest of us were laughing.
But hang it, Jim, you've clean missed the point -- blame it, you've missed it a thousand mile.
No," I said, "I'm afraid I've stupidly missed the point.
Kelly missed the point I PICKED up the following from Lizzie Kelly's article, "Dress codes are not only important in maintaining consumer perception of our sport at a high level, they are also beneficial for upkeeping the brand of the top meetings.
Sure, Jesus told one rich, young man that the price to follow him was to sell all he had and give it to the poor, but if you read the gospels and come away thinking that Jesus wanted full devotion and nothing less, I think you've missed the point.
I have to say that his/her response has completely missed the point of my argument.
I certainly have not missed the point, Cllr Dunning, in that my original point was that the road infrastructure within Redcar & Cleveland is not as good as he would have us believe.
Dr Dixon said the College had missed the point of regulation, which was to protect the public, not to act as a badge of honour.
Serious pop police such as Iain Brown, ex of the Stone Roses, have missed the point about her award by asking what she got it for.
Our readers are divided as to whether the Prince has a valid point or has missed the point completely.
WATCHING The One Show, I think the presenter missed the point when Scottish viewers pointed out Birmingham wasn't the heart of the UK.
Canadian Anglicans generally opt for different styles of worship such as traditional organ and choir, contemporary worship, or some combination of the two I wonder, though, if allowing individual preferences to drive us this way might really be an indication of having missed the point of what it means to be the church.
Which sort of missed the point - Comedian Jim Davidson who is campaigning to take 250 Falklands veterans to the islands in November.
Or spends his time debating with other frustrated Argentines who also believe the experts have missed the point, that corruption is at the heart of the crisis.
While they've used tax incentives to keep businesses in the cities and have built huge housing structures in an effort to create affordable housing, they've missed the point.