cloud the issue(redirected from they clouded the issue)
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cloud the issue
To obfuscate or distract from the topic at hand by introducing irrelevant or misleading information. Politicians are always clouding the issue during debates by pointing out their opponents' history in other issues. Don't cloud the issue with talk about your past achievements, stick to the question I'm asking you. His muddled explanation only served to cloud the issue further for his students.
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