Loved the puppy to distraction; was driven to distraction by the noisy neighbors.
Someone passing notes in class when the teacher is talking is an example of a distraction.
Was annoyed by the distractions of having so many roommates; found that the shopping mall was always full of pleasant distractions.
- A mental intrusion or cause of confusion.
- Anything that gives mental relaxation; amusement; diversion.
Inexperienced drivers are especially vulnerable to distraction. His distraction of the child worked well, and the child stopped crying.
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Origin of distraction
- See to distract.