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English definition of “displacement activity”

displacement activity

noun [C or U]     specialized
an unnecessary activity that you do because you are trying to delay doing a more difficult or unpleasant activity: When I was studying for my exams I used to clean the house as a displacement activity.Acting and actsDealing with things or people
(Definition of displacement activity noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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