Take someone or something for someone or something else, as in I'm sorry, I mistook you for her sister, or Don't mistake that friendly smile for good intentions; he's a tough competitor. [c. 1600]
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This time it would be the biggest mistake for the Western press to repeat that—absolutely the biggest mistake.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Scalise has called the talk, which he delivered in a hotel outside New Orleans, “a mistake I regret.”
Scalise offered his contrition that he had made a mistake and apologized for appearing before a group some 12 years ago.
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Instead of giving you a chance to say, "He has made a mistake," he forced you to say, "He has shown how to get out of a mistake."Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
My mother now tells me that she knew of this mistake, an error of the New York paper in copying the item from a Southern journal.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
I must make no mistake, and blunder into a national type of features, all wrong; if I make your mask, it must do us credit.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The result of this stock-taking shows that eleven volumes were unaccounted-for, a list of which is appended.
At this stock-taking the number unaccounted-for is twenty-two, several of which are quite recent accessions to the Library.