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a case of mistaken identity

An instance in which one is thought or assumed to be someone else. Officer, this is a case of mistaken identity—I can assure you that I did not rob anyone!
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case of mistaken identity

the incorrect identification of someone. I am not the criminal you want to arrest. This is a case of mistaken identity.
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You must have mistaken me for someone who gives a shit

sent. & comp. abb. What makes you think I care about what you are saying? (Usually objectionable.) So you’re unhappy. Why tell me. You must have mistaken me for someone who gives a shit
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Others hurled shoes and one jumped on top of her car in a protest over the statement which was mistakenly attributed to her.
Clarification: In an item about condo buyers' wacky concerns, Brick Underground mistakenly identified the Corcoran Group as the originator of the information.
The cop mistakenly shot the civilian in al-Majmouaa al-Thaqafiya region in northern Mosul, killing him on the spot," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
QUETTA, November 03, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Pakistani government is in touch with Iran for the release of eight fishermen from Balochistan who mistakenly entered the Iranian territorial waters and were captured by Iranian security forces.
S-led forces in Afghanistan mistakenly killed seven Afghan policemen and wounded five others in an air strike in eastern Afghanistan overnight, an Afghan official said Tuesday.
said Monday it earlier in the day mistakenly placed a sell order in basket trading of multiple companies' stocks on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and apologized for causing any troubles in the market.
About 4,000 defective brake pads have mistakenly been issued to the field.
BEVERLY HILLS - A parolee who was charged Tuesday with murder and attempted murder in an attack on two commercial painters had been mistakenly released from jail over the weekend and was apprehended only when he tried to reclaim his car, officials said.
Vanella Morris mistakenly thought her boyfriend of six years would accept a live-in arrangement over marriage.
She said they had been sent out mistakenly, due to a computer error.
airmail stamps from 1918 with a biplane mistakenly printed upside down was auctioned in October for $2,970,000--a world record for a stamp item.
In the July/August issue, a map for Juchitan, Mexico, on page 47 mistakenly listed the coastal town as being on the Caribbean, when it is actually on the Pacific, in the state of Oaxaca.
The author, a short, swarthy Mexican-American-Russian-Jew, boards what he believes to be the Trans-Siberian Express yet discovers two days later that he is on the wrong train, traversing the Soviet Union with a voucher that mistakenly identifies him as a Finn.
Leroux, a college student, had reportedly been drinking heavily during a party, had left, and may have mistakenly thought he was returning to the party when he stumbled onto the Crouthers' porch.
As of March 2004, 21 states had reported clusters and single cases of such errors, including a cluster with an undisclosed number of patients who mistakenly received tetanus and diphtheria toxoids vaccine for adult use (adsorbed) and experienced skin reactions that were interpreted as a positive tuberculin skin test; the patients were subsequently treated with isoniazid until the error was discovered.