to direct or address wrongly or incorrectly: to misdirect a person; to misdirect a letter.
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How to use misdirect in a sentence
According to a later review by the Coast Guard, Taylor Energy was “obstinate, difficult to deal with and verbally combative,” and preferred “to employ stall tactics over cooperation with an intention to confuse, delay or misdirect” the government.A Massive Oil Spill Helped One Billionaire Avoid Paying Income Tax for 14 Years | by Jesse Eisinger, Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen | December 9, 2021 | ProPublica
My view is that the attackers saw this as an opportunity for “lulz”, and a way to misdirect everyone.
The main secret lies in the combination of the looks and gestures of the performer to misdirect the audience.Magic | Ellis Stanyon
The heavy hit may come off occasionally, the clumsy guard may turn the point, but why misdirect energy?Broad-Sword and Single-Stick | R. G. Allanson-Winn
Even old Hounslow at his worst can't possibly misdirect the jury, the way I've gummed their noses on the trail.This Freedom | A. S. M. Hutchinson
Stall-off, to put off by means of a device, to misdirect purposely.The Slang Dictionary | John Camden Hotten
By laws of Alfred and Guthrum, if a priest misdirect people about a festival or fast he shall pay 30s.Parish Priests and Their People in the Middle Ages in England | Edward L. Cutts
British Dictionary definitions for misdirect
to give (a person) wrong directions or instructions
to address (a letter, parcel, etc) wrongly
- misdirection, noun
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