Rather, he is going to use whatever the trials throw up to distract an angry and unhappy country.
Instead, their marshmallow was covered from view, or they were given a pretend scenario to distract themselves with.
However we strain to distract ourselves, our consciousness of death heightens our awareness of evil.
The peace treaty was also a chance to distract from his interest in working to entrench Israel sovereignty over the West Bank.
Critics say the commission issued its report to distract the public from other matters.
Meanwhile, Porter, could you give him something to eat to distract him?
He more than half wishes there was no business to distract one's mind.
And after that Mr. Direck became too anxious not to distract his host's thoughts to persist with his conversational openings.
All these things trouble him greatly and distract his attention.
Dr. (rises) It is a drawback to interpolations that they interrupt the argument and distract the attention.
mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.