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Distraction

Divination (See OMEN.)
Porlock
a “person from Porlock” interrupted Coleridge while he was recollecting the dream on which he based “Kubla Khan”. [Br. Lit.: Poems of Coleridge in Magill IV, 756]
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An artful cabal in that council would be able to distract and to enervate the whole system of administration.
Haven't I got enough to worry, and pain, to distract me already, without thinking of souls?
They are continually asking Art to be popular, to please their want of taste, to flatter their absurd vanity, to tell them what they have been told before, to show them what they ought to be tired of seeing, to amuse them when they feel heavy after eating too much, and to distract their thoughts when they are wearied of their own stupidity.
The gloomy look returned to Arthur's face: and I could see it was only to distract his thoughts that he took his place at the side of the metaphysical young lady, and resumed their interrupted discussion.
These cries, which were intended as much to distract the attention of the marksman as for anything else, were fruitless.
Norris took up every moment of her time, and the very mention of such a thing she was sure would distract him.
As a matter of fact, De Grier's one object was to distract the old lady from staking large sums; wherefore, he now suggested to her that she should stake upon certain numbers, singly and in groups.
Tristram, who apparently was animated by a charitable desire to amuse and distract her correspondent.
And therefore rest not upon scattered counsels; they will rather distract and mislead, than settle and direct.
Even the unexpected fall of the Duke of Durham into the orchestra, which occurred at this moment, could not distract the petrified attention of the vast audience.
With no longer a companion to distract her, Tess fell more deeply into reverie than ever, her back leaning against the hives.