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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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PHILIP ION may have said a hundred times that we do have weekly bin collections, but he is deliberately missing the point (Daily Post, June 22).
MAYBE I am missing the point here, but can anyone please tell me why these young men (arrests in France on Tuesday) are not trained to fight for their own country alongside our troops?
ARE we missing the point with talk about flood defences?
she says of the toddler, quite missing the point that any teenager who so relentlessly criticizes her own mother is also "spoiled.
Simon Cowell, seemingly missing the point, brought a set of designer, fine cut crystal, glasses.
no Compromise" (Letters October 18) believes that John Bosley is missing the point about Christmas shoeboxes.
Mr Holland accuses me of missing the point of his letter regarding Newcastle United, which I didn't.
This was nothing less than "a terror plan that made Osama bin Laden's look rinky-dink," hyperventilates Kristof -- missing the point that local law enforcement foiled this grand scheme in timely fashion.
She said: "Circus owners go on about animals being well treated but they're missing the point.
Simon Farrar Missing the point Graham Smith (Chatroom, yesterday) has obviously missed the point of the RFC initiative to trial the use of decimal odds.
But when we wonder if it was right for Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech (below) to miss the birth of his new baby because he had a football match to play in, we are surely missing the point.