mistake for

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]


Nearby words

  1. missy,
  2. mist,
  3. mist.,
  4. mistakable,
  5. mistake,
  6. mistaken,
  7. mistal,
  8. mistassini,
  9. mistbow,
  10. mistcoat

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