case of mistaken identity

Definition of case of mistaken identity

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

Word by Word Definitions

case play
  1. : a set of circumstances or conditions

  2. : a situation requiring investigation or action (as by the police)

  3. : the object of investigation or consideration

  1. : a box or receptacle for holding something

  2. : a box together with its contents

  3. : set

  1. : to enclose in or cover with or as if with a case : encase

  2. : to line (something, such as a well) with supporting material (such as metal pipe)

  3. : to inspect or study especially with intent to rob

mistake play mistaken
  1. : to blunder in the choice of

  2. : to misunderstand the meaning or intention of : misinterpret

  3. : to make a wrong judgment of the character or ability of

  1. : a wrong judgment : misunderstanding

  2. : a wrong action or statement proceeding from faulty judgment, inadequate knowledge, or inattention

identity play
  1. : sameness of essential or generic character in different instances

  2. : sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing : oneness

  3. : the distinguishing character or personality of an individual : individuality


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