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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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Jess's performance takes centre stage AS one of the critics in this column of Jess Phillips I respectfully suggest to her supporters that they are perhaps missing the point of the criticism of her.
"We're Missing the Point: What's Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix It" by Rabbi Dr.
I politely suggest that it is he and a small band of media commentators who suddenly appear to have come over all righteous about this strict application of the rule book who are missing the point.
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).
MY former colleague Cllr John Fletcher is missing the point in his letter (Mayor/leader?
However, I think they are missing the point. I believe the problem of excessive traffic in King George V Drive is caused by motorists using the hospital as a convenient short-cut.
AM I missing the point regarding the Neptune Theatre?
ROB BEVIN (May 31) is missing the point entirely when he writes in defence of the barbaric export of calves to the continent and suggests that Janet Cummings and "her friends" give up vegetarianism and "return" to eating beef.
"Mom, you're spoiling her!" 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.
SOME people seem to be missing the point with the new Bond movie.
"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.
Other justices seemed to be missing the point, asking if the problem would go away if disclaimer signs were put around the Commandments.
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.