mis·​di·​rec·​tion | \ ˌmis-də-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce misdirection (audio) , -(ˌ)dī- \

Definition of misdirection

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

Examples of misdirection in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe the lack of definition regarding Locadia's situation is a bit of intentional misdirection by FC Cincinnati but that shouldn't matter. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Preview, prediction for FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC in the MLS Is Back Tournament," 11 July 2020 Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager for Biden, said Pence’s visit was misdirection. cleveland, "Mike Pence says Donald Trump kept jobs promise in Lordstown plant that used to employ thousands," 25 June 2020 Through rope and card tricks, sleight of hand, misdirection and more, students will learn the principles of the craft as well as its moral philosophies. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "15 of the Coolest MasterClass Courses You Can Take Right Now," 14 Apr. 2020 Credit Rams coach Sean McVay for protecting his QB with misdirections and rollouts, but that’s lumber Jared Goff, not Lamar Jackson. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Super Bowl flight hitting just a bit of choppy air," 21 Dec. 2019 Again, their misdirection plays kept the Chiefs off-balance on defense. Washington Post, "Super Rally: Mahomes, Chiefs win Super Bowl with late surge," 3 Feb. 2020 As has been the case much of this season, the Browns defense was still vulnerable to misdirection plays, especially screen passes. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns: I’m sick of sloppy football," 27 Oct. 2019 The T formation’s array of fakes, men in motion, traps, pulls, misdirection plays and play-action passes confused defenses for years. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 5, Sid Luckman," 29 Aug. 2019 Ohio State 56, Michigan 27: J.K. Dobbins scampered 33 yards off misdirection for his fourth touchdown, officially squashing the Wolverines' comeback attempt with 6:30 remaining. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football wilts against Ohio State, 56-27: Here's how Wolverines lost the big one," 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of misdirection

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jul 2020

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“Misdirection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdirection. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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