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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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DAVID PUGLIESE RESPONDS: Retired LGen Carr misses the point of the article.
The idea of B teams playing in the leagues misses the point, just as everybody misses the point when they talk about needing another Clairefontaine at St George's Park.
He said: "I think it [the Vatican] probably misses the point.
CRAIG Brown misses the point - and he's missed a few in his time - over Ally MacLeod's proposed induction to the SFA's Hall of Fame.
But David Sommers, a spokesman for Knabe, said that misses the point.
Peter Bagge's anti-Amtrak screed ("Amtrak Sucks," December) has elements of truth to it, but in his zeal to kill the train system, he misses the point.
His response: "To carry around the notion that if I fail it's going to mean that no other black person will ever have a similar opportunity, or that if I succeed, it's going to open a floodgate of opportunity for other black Americans, misses the point.
GMA says there is no question that obesity is a serious societal issue with major health implications, "but by narrowly focusing on advertising and marketing, CSPI misses the point.
Finally, the author misses the point that the Holy Spirit will work with whatever it has available.
While some contend that the changes are legally unnecessary, others say that argument misses the point.
It misses the point that we are indeed multi-faceted creatures, driven by myriad goals, desires and values.
That misses the point of presence technology--to sense what is going on without any action by a user.
The economic experimentalism is interesting but misses the point of the way tribal societies evolved.
the most exhaustive exploration ever written" about this text complet ely misses the point that, as described in the essay at least, there is absolutely nothing exceptional about what the text being exhaustively explored actually offers.
He said the product fosters better communication, and added, "Anyone insulted by MaidAids misses the point.