- (transitive) To divert the attention of.
2011 December 10, David Ornstein, “Arsenal 1-0 Everton”, BBC Sport:
- While Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had warned his players against letting the pre-match festivities distract them from the task at hand, they clearly struggled for fluency early on.
2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
- Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
- The crowd was distracted by a helicopter hovering over the stadium when the only goal of the game was scored.
To divert the attention of
distract (not comparable)
- (obsolete) Separated; drawn asunder.
- (obsolete) Insane; mad.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Drayton to this entry?)