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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Standing behind a glass wall at the Malkia Park Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary in western Slovakia, they listen as a member of staff tells them interesting facts about the animals at the sanctuary, including their age, where they originally came from or how much they eat a day."Many people mistake us for a zoo, but we're not a zoo," said Klaudia Kollar, founder of the Malkia Park Big Cat Rescue sanctuary near Orechova Pota', about 40 kilometres from Bratislava.
Of course, how could I forget our running joke that we're so close people mistake us for a gay couple sometimes?
I told Aristotle a hundred times not to dress like me, that the world would mistake us for each other but he never listened!' 'Sorry!' I said touching the feet of the great philosopher.
The less obvious domineering practice has been the naming and branding of Chinese-built or -financed facilities in such bold Chinese signage that Emperor Qin Shi Huang would mistake us for one of his provinces.
We're big believers in redemption--but don't mistake us for patsies.
"People mistake us for a cafe all the time but we do not serve just drinks at lunch time.
I told them that during hunting season it was best to wear a red or some other bright-colored jacket and to make some human sounds, so hunters would not mistake us for wildlife.
Often angry Turkish demonstrators mistake us for our close neighbors (Russian Consulate).Like tonight, throwing eggs pic.twitter.com/91ltg7yjf6
"Often angry Turkish protesters mistake us for our close neighbors (Russian Consulate).
The whole ordeal has brought us closer than ever, some people mistake us for twins.
"When we were at uni and people used to mistake us for sisters, we'd play along with it a bit, just for fun.
"Many mistake us for a journalism program," said Peter Adams, the Project's Chicago manager.
He gently changed the subject when I suggested that foreigners arriving here might mistake us for a nation of beggars after the revolution, which ousted the dictatorial regime of Hosni Mubarak.
He added: "Other big problems are that people mistake us for a walk-in centre when we are not.