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out of context

Lacking or removed from the surrounding words or event that gives something its complete, original, or genuine meaning. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. She said the quote had been taken out of context to make it look like she hated her own country, which she claims couldn't be further from the truth. It's hard to know what's going on in the picture when it's out of context like this. Of course you can spin any out-of-context quotation to suit your own agenda.
See also: context, of, out

*out of context

[of an utterance or the report of an action] removed from the surrounding context of the event, thereby misrepresenting the intent of the utterance or report. (*Typically: be ~; lift something ~; quote someone or something ~; take something ~.) You took her remarks out of context! You're the dishonest person, not her!
See also: context, of, out
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'It worries me because the ones who are hurt have not heard my speeches but based their impressions on out-of-context quotes of me.
The judge said that he had held innumerable meetings with Nasir and his brother Abdullah Butt in the past, but snippets of his conversations with Nasir had been cut and merged to present them out-of-context. 'It was an attempt to discredit me and my judgments by piecing together snippets of conversations on different topics and at different times,' he said.
It also worries me because the ones who are hurt had not heard my speeches but had based their impressions on out-of-context quotes of me," he said in a statement.
It also worried me because the ones who are hurt have not heard my speeches but based their impressions on out-of-context quotes of me.
He in his Sunday statement said he had held innumerable meetings with Nasir and his brother Abdullah Butt in the past, but snippets of his conversations with Butt had been cut and merged to present them out-of-context.
The episode marks the second time in recent weeks that Republicans have seized on out-of-context remarks by a freshman Democratic lawmaker.
If the history of frequent downturns in developing countries and the repeating financial crisis globally is any indication Neoliberal economics has not allowed reaching true price signals, primarily by emphasizing limited role of government from markets and in generating public welfare, and through out-of-context push towards economic liberalization.
"We will not comment on out-of-context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people."
"We will not comment on out-of-context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people."
Fanhua issued a statement in response to the unusual trading activities that occurred on January 17: "The unusual stock trading volatility was caused by a report which made groundless accusations and deliberate out-of-context misinterpretation, in an attempt to profit from the decline of the stock price of the company through short selling attack.
The credulousness of all too many journalists about the supposed misconduct revealed by 'Climategate,' a pseudo-scandal that relied on selective, out-of-context quotes from e-mails at a British university, prefigured the disastrous media handling of hacked Democratic e-mails in 2016.
It read: "We will not be providing any comment on out-of-context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people.
Notes are more precise and complete, and physicians receive fewer post-discharge and out-of-context queries from CDI and coding teams.
Meanwhile, Mashhood while talking to media on Wednesday, clarified his position saying his remarks were taken out-of-context.
An example of an out-of-context behavior would be swatting at a fly when there isn't a fly present.