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diversion

noun (TAKING ATTENTION)    /daɪˈvɜː.ʃən/ US  /dɪˈvɝː-/
[C] something that takes your attention away from something else: Shoplifters often work in pairs, with one creating a diversion to distract the shop assistants while the other steals the goods.Creating a distraction [C] formal an activity you do for entertainment: Reading is a pleasant diversion.Cancelling and interrupting diversionary     /-ər.i/ US  /-er.i/ adjective The proposal was dismissed as a diversionary tactic intended to distract attention from the real problems.Faking and pretending
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