case of mistaken identity

noun phrase

: a situation in which someone or something is mistakenly thought to be someone or something else

Examples of case of mistaken identity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now that sounds like an only-in-Washington case of mistaken identity. John Kelly, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 The messages suggest that the 43 students were essentially the victims of a case of mistaken identity. Amanda Taub, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 The nonfiction hits even harder, covering the stigma of mental illness, the trouble with school reform, the history of a mass-shooting weapon and — in what passes for a palate cleanser these days — an amusing case of mistaken identity that leads to an indictment of our twisted politics. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 Twenty-five years later, Rob is still tickled by that case of mistaken identity. John Kelly, Washington Post, 19 July 2023 His revenge plot culminated in a deadly case of mistaken identity. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 25 May 2023

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“Case of mistaken identity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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