Gates imposed a Must Tell policy on the CIA, because he recognized gayness was not the distraction—hiding it was.
A distraction—if not, perhaps, a breath of fresh air, exactly.
One cannot speak glibly of “policy differences” and “looking forward” and “distraction” when corpses are involved.
The constant disinformation, distraction, misdirection, confabulation, and endless stream of threats actually works.
The first and most likely possibility is that Google is attempting to create a distraction.
Unluckily, her husband had not the same source of distraction.
If there was distraction for our troops at all, it was perhaps at the collection.
For awhile hope and fear kept him in a state bordering on distraction.
At last he behaved with the inconsistency of distraction and hesitation.
Miss Monro was, perhaps, very wise in proposing the translation of a difficult part of Dante for a distraction to Ellinor.
mid-15c., "the drawing away of the mind," from Latin distractionem (nominative distractio) "a pulling apart, separating," noun of action from past participle stem of distrahere (see distract). Meaning "mental disturbance" (in driven to distraction, etc.) is c.1600. Meaning "a thing or fact that distracts" is from 1610s.
distraction dis·trac·tion (dĭ-strāk'shən)
A condition or state of mind in which the attention is diverted from an original focus or interest.
Separation of bony fragments or joint surfaces of a limb by extension.