misdirection

noun
mis·​di·​rec·​tion | \ -ˈrek-shən \

Definition of misdirection

1 : a wrong direction
2a : the act or an instance of misdirecting or diverting
b : the state of being misdirected

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In 2015 Mitra claimed that a buyer offered $1.5 billion for the firm, but in recent years the company’s story has been one of misdirection and decline. James Vincent, The Verge, "Hyped AR startup Blippar crashes into financial reality," 18 Dec. 2018 The routing snafu involving domestic US Internet traffic coincided with a larger misdirection that started in late 2015 and lasted for about two and a half years, Madory said in a blog post published Monday. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Strange snafu misroutes domestic US Internet traffic through China Telecom," 6 Nov. 2018 The type of traffic misdirection involved can knock essential services offline and facilitate espionage and financial theft. Frank Bajak, The Seattle Times, "Nigerian ISP’s configuration error disrupted Google services," 14 Nov. 2018 The misdirection was the result of AS4134, the autonomous system belonging to China Telecom, incorrectly handling the routing announcements of AS703, Verizon's Asia-Pacific AS. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Strange snafu misroutes domestic US Internet traffic through China Telecom," 6 Nov. 2018 All the same, this sort of misdirection is common during the early, bewildering days after an affair has been discovered. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Wronged wife blames the cellphone," 2 July 2018 Her compositions cram together a lot of ideas about misdirection, balance, blues comfort, melody and memory. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 Thus instructed, there was no reason to believe that there was any sly misdirection, no bitter irony, no mistaking the intent. Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018 And as proof that this misdirection approach was indeed Miami’s strategy, the Dolphins didn’t select a quarterback in any of the draft’s six other rounds, or sign one as an undrafted rookie. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Dolphins are comfortable with team's backup quarterbacks," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of misdirection

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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