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He hoped to distract her from such grief over her predicament.

Recently so many things had arisen to distract her attention.

And then Steve Yerden is enough to distract a leather-man, any way.

I do not want to distract his mind from his lessons, and I wish to be quite sure first.

With an effort, recovering, she sought to distract the girl.

I saw she was deep in thought, and was careful not to disturb or distract her.

Happily this danger will distract me, or these emotions would make me dizzy.

To distract her attention, instantly Jones improvised a limerick.

Stroeve could not bear to be alone, and I exhausted myself in efforts to distract him.

As long as there is plenty of flimflam to distract the viewer.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).

Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.

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