For example, a diversion could be a television show that distracts the watcher from day-to-day concerns; or a military attack calculated to draw enemy defense away from the point of the principal attack.
The attack on the capital was actually a diversion to draw troops away from the port city.
And I’d bet my broomstick he let that troll in, to make a diversion!
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
"We just need a diversion," Tally said.
Scott Westerfeld -- Uglies
I’ll create a diversion.
Frank McCourt -- Angela’s Ashes
"Then," said he, "every man should have a diversion as well as a profession."
Edward E. Hale -- The Man Without a Country
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
Kahlil Gibran -- The Prophet
I’ve had plenty of diversions during leave —but leave comes once a year.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
The Hillsams and Stucks looked surprised, and I realized—of course—this was only a macho diversion for them.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
However, yes, Eadlyn is doing her job as a member of the royal family by creating a little …. diversion while the population cools down and we investigate what more we could do.
Kiera Cass -- The Heir
When I hadn’t been allowed to visit Mia in the ICU, Brooke had come to the hospital to try to create a diversion.
Gayle Forman -- Where She Went
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I give him a look, and he says, "I was thinking a diversion might help."
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
After six or so years of loathing her hometown, of cursing her parents for moving there and subjecting her to it, its limitations and scarcity of everything—diversion, restaurants, enlightened minds—Mae had recently come to remember Longfield with something like tenderness.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
Expeditions to temples, parasailing, and scuba diving offered other diversions—the Balinese scuba instructors loved the long-finned, jeweled, and elegant blue fish that had been tattooed on my neck back in New England and eagerly showed me their own tattoos.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
The storm creates a diversion, and the lightning you see is really coming from the spaceships entering Earth’s atmosphere."
Pittacus Lore -- I Am Number Four
I stared out the window at a flock of sheep and wished for a diversion that would take my mind away from lamb and lentil salad.
Gail Carson Levine -- Ella Enchanted
Such diversions were precious few.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
Diversion, if I need it.
Scott Pratt -- An Innocent Client
We believe the attack on the gas pipeline is a diversionary tactic.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
Although perhaps a touch exhibitionistic, it seemed a fairly harmless diversion.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I would gaze stony-faced into the distance, beyond such adolescent diversions.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Will sprinted off—which was possibly the stupidest diversion Nico could imagine—and six of the guards chased after him.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
I could create a diversion.
Becca Fitzpatrick -- Hush, Hush
"Yes, of course," said Frank, gratefully accepting the diversion.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
There was no bar in the hotel, no diversion that would satisfy his needs, whatever they were.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
In contrast, the prospect of walking over with Kitsey to set up our wedding registry at Tiffany’s had seemed a pleasing diversion.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
The one thing that I might still be useful at is causing a diversion.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
Just a diversion?
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
He was a year older than I, and I avoided him on principle: he enjoyed everything I disapproved of, and disliked my ingenuous diversions.
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
The guards were enjoying the diversion.
Mitch Albom -- The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Urn, it doesn’t do us any good if Brooke is a diversion in the lobby.
Gayle Forman -- If I Stay
I want diversion, and I have done with men and women.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
Our only diversions are reading, studying and listening to the radio.
Anne Frank -- The Diary of a Young Girl
At that moment there was a diversion in the form of a small, redheaded figure in a long nightdress, who appeared in the kitchen, gave a small squeal, and ran out again.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
"We need a diversion," Annabeth said.
Rick Riordan -- The Battle of the Labyrinth
The wand was a diversion, I thought.
Rick Riordan -- The Red Pyramid
Emasculated by dams and diversion canals, the lower Colorado burbles indolently from reservoir to reservoir through some of the hottest, starkest country on the continent.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
Bailey played on the country folks’ need for diversion.
Maya Angelou -- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
In front of it, seated in chairs, as in a garden of public diversion, are a number of women, busily knitting.
Charles Dickens -- A Tale of Two Cities
Bernard’s questions made a diversion.
Aldous Huxley -- Brave New World
That explained blitzball, that explained the nightly meetings of the Super Suicide Society, that explained his insistence that I share all his diversions.
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
But Jace had wanted the oblivion of fighting, the harsh diversion of killing, and the distraction of injuries.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Ashes
The lecture, she argued, would be an unnecessary diversion from the overwhelming issues we were grappling with in our lives.
Randy Pausch -- The Last Lecture
You were intended to make a diversion in favor of Whiterside.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
Merely a little diversion.
Robert Cormier -- I Am the Cheese
If this was a diversion or a ploy, I had to be alert enough to see through it.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
And, withal, a life of privation, isolation, abnegation, chastity, with never a diversion.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
George caused a diversion by dropping another Dungbomb, I whipped the drawer open, and grabbed —this.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
But, in addition to his sudden diversion of interest to the Overlooks history, something else had happened.