take (one's) mind off (something)

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take (one's) mind off (something)

To stop or to cause one to stop thinking about something, typically a worry or concern. Playing video games after work helps me to take my mind off my work for a while—and sometimes that's when I get my best ideas. Exercising will take your mind off your problems and give you time to decompress.
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take somebody’s ˈmind off something

make somebody forget about something unpleasant for a short time: I went out to see a movie to try to take my mind off my problems.We’re trying to take his mind off things a bit.
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Charity chairman Steven Carr, 50, said: "This trip is about taking their minds off the troubles in Ukraine.
At their Austrian training base this week, captain Steven Davis, striker Kyle Lafferty and team mates have been taking their minds off Poland, Ukraine and Germany by playing board games in the team hotel.
The group were taking their minds off tonight's heat of the contest which will leave two of his acts feeling in the rough as they get the boot from the show.
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