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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People mistake us for a cafe all the time but we do not serve just drinks at lunch time.
Often angry Turkish demonstrators mistake us for our close neighbors (Russian Consulate).
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.
And while at this stage no one is likely to mistake us for Brazil, McLeish's side is more than capable of putting together good, eye-catching passing movements.
My partner and I encountered zero hassles, but we also allowed people to mistake us for friends or sisters.
If the buzzards in City Hall think this turkey will fly with the people of Los Angeles, they must mistake us for a bunch of dodos.
trained and commanded Afghan soldiers guarding the American base ordered us to remain inside the cars through the long, bitterly cold night because otherwise they might mistake us for attackers.
Some people used to mistake us for a big, shiny showcase for the majors and nothing more, but that's simply not true," says Barde.
Even the so-called "man- eaters" don't attack people on purpose--they may mistake us for seals or other prey.