mistake (someone or something) for (someone or something)

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mistake (someone or something) for (someone or something)

To confuse someone or something for someone or something else. I always mistake Kelly for her sister. They just look so much alike!
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mistake (someone) for (someone else)

 and mix (someone) up with (someone else)
to confuse someone with someone else; to think that one person is another person. I'm sorry. I mistook you for John. Tom is always mistaking Bill for me. We don't look a thing alike, though. Try not to mix Bill up with Bob, his twin.
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mistake (something) for (something else)

 and mix (something) up with (something else)
to confuse two things with each other. Please don't mix this idea up with that one. I mistook my book for yours.
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mistake for

Take someone or something for someone or something else, as in I'm sorry, I mistook you for her sister, or Don't mistake that friendly smile for good intentions; he's a tough competitor. [c. 1600]
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mistake for

v.
To wrongly perceive that someone or something is someone or something else: I'm sorry to have bothered you—I mistook you for a friend of mine. Don't mistake the poison ivy for a box elder vine!
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It's worrying because the car makers like to send out daft April fool stories and the worry is that you might mistake one for a genuine story and make yourself look a wally.
For example, changes in protein levels can indicate the onset of disease, but with so many similar molecules in the mix, it is important not to mistake one for another.
While most of the dances are performed so it's easy to identify which sin is being interpreted, there is a certain amount of overlap that in some instances makes it easy to mistake one for another.
The aural adjustment was quickly made: after all, who could mistake one for the other?
The judge asked him: ``Are you seriously saying that fans of one group would mistake one for the other?
Toys that, on the surface, closely resemble real guns are becoming popular among teens, and both suburban and Los Angeles authorities worry that even an officer might easily mistake one for a deadly firearm in the heat of the moment.
But we still consider it unlikely you might mistake one for the other.