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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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 There was a lot of misdirection and misinformation two years ago in a campaign that wrongly promoted that incorporation would equal a 70 percent tax rate increase. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Villager Q & A: Gordy Bunch, chairman The Woodlands Township Board of Directors," 22 June 2018 The Chiefs did that by emphasizing misdirection and multi-option concepts. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "The Keys to Trubisky’s Potential," 6 June 2018 Vontaze Burfict made a few back-to-back nice plays, forcing a fumble and recovering it on a pass to Josh Malone then on the next play blowing up a misdirection screen to Giovani Bernard in the backfield. Scott Winfield, Cincinnati.com, "ICYMI: World Cup coming to Cincinnati? Reds win series vs KC Royals, Bengals wrap minicamp," 15 June 2018 That’s the essence of Father John Misty: Thanks to his wickedly sharp songwriting, his true thoughts and intentions are always padded by misdirection and deflection. Robert Steiner, BostonGlobe.com, "The confessions of Father John Misty," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of misdirection

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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