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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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DAVE Leck of Stocksfield (Letters, Tuesday) misses the point when he says: "If we we have another Brexit vote, we can never have another General Election".
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. There was the most horrific sexual abuse of children by clerics.
IVOR Jones misses the point about the monstrous unfairness of the Conservative plans to scrap inheritance tax for millionnaires (Mail, September 23).
TO state that the British Association for Adoption and Fostering is blaming social workers for leaving too many black and minority ethnic children in care misses the point (Get Balance Right, 28.07.08).
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.
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. All transportation systems are subsidized.
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. If our work is perceived as an indication we can function in a global, competitive situation, that's nice.
King also misses the point when he says drug use is a fact of life, seemingly saying there is only so much we can do.
A proposal by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to encourage that food advertised to children meet minimum nutritional thresholds "misses the point," according to the Grocery Manufacturers of America.
Burns, Vogts' right hand man and with a similar role under Smith, said blaming the German 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. Says Leslie Gielow Jacobs, a professor at the McGeorge School of Law in California, "The symbolic message is important."
Anne Gee misses the point where she says the private life of politicians is their own.