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misdirect (third-person singular simple present misdirects, present participle misdirecting, simple past and past participle misdirected)

  1. To direct something wrongly
    • 2012 August 21, Pilkington, Ed, “Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      In this account of events, the cards were stacked against Clemons from the beginning. His appeal lawyers have argued that he was physically beaten into making a confession, the jury was wrongfully selected and misdirected, and his conviction largely achieved on individual testimony with no supporting forensic evidence presented.
  2. To put the incorrect address on a mail item