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- (transitive) To divert the attention of.
- The crowd was distracted by a helicopter hovering over the stadium when the only goal of the game was scored.
- 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.
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