take something out of context


1. remove the surrounding words from a statement, or circumstances from an action, so that the true meaning is changed






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he/she took my words out of context

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When you take something out of context you remove information or surrounding details that affect the intended meaning of something. 

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  1. Carol told others what I had said, but did so out of context. My remark was intended as a joke, not a serious statement like she claimed it was.
  2. The politician accused the media of taking his words out of context to suit their own political agenda.

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  1. Taken out of context, Paul getting fired for being late seems harsh, but when you look at the full picture you can see that he had received multiple warnings for his poor timekeeping in the past and had ignored all of them.
  2. We need to look at this report in terms of our other assets and outgoings and not look at the figures out of context.
  3. It is frustrating how many scientific studies and statistics are taken out of context and published widely on social media.

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