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The attack on the capital was actually a diversion to draw troops away from the port city.
  a distraction from something more important


an amusement as a distraction from serious or tedious concerns
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diversions diversion diversionary diversional
Strongly Associated with:   divert
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.
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  • 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

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  • "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
  • A diversion.
    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.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Maybe create a diversion.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
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