out of context


out of context
   said inadvisedly
   A use by politicians when they have forgotten what exactly they may have said, wish they had never said it, or were unaware that anyone was recording it. As journalists are known to be selective in their quotations, this defensive manoeuvre is often effective.

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • out of context — taken out of the sentence, missing important words    Brian s comment, Roll of the dice, was taken out of context …   English idioms

  • out of context — without the surrounding words or circumstances and so not fully understandable comments that aides have long insisted were taken out of context …   Useful english dictionary

  • out-of-context — adjective Not in the context necessary to show original meaning …   Wiktionary

  • Fallacy of quoting out of context — The practice of quoting out of context, sometimes referred to as contextomy or quote mining , is a logical fallacy and a type of false attribution in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its intended… …   Wikipedia

  • take something out of context — take/quote/something out of context phrase to use only part of something that someone said, so that the original meaning is changed What I said has been taken completely out of context by the media. Thesaurus: to say something again, or to repeat …   Useful english dictionary

  • quote something out of context — take/quote/something out of context phrase to use only part of something that someone said, so that the original meaning is changed What I said has been taken completely out of context by the media. Thesaurus: to say something again, or to repeat …   Useful english dictionary

  • take out of context — index abstract (separate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • his words were taken out of context — his words were taken out of the setting in which they were originally said, his words were twisted around …   English contemporary dictionary

  • was taken out of context — was taken out of the actual situation in which it was said, was presented in the wrong light, was slanted, was distorted …   English contemporary dictionary


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