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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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And you can also learn to let go of the things that would otherwise distract you from positive, productive thoughts and efforts.
Calling or stroking a guide dog without permission could distract it from its job of safely providing its owner with mobility, freedom and independence.
The CEO tax return declaration will distract CEOs from activities, including corporate governance, where their expertise is best used.
The real threat is that a society will use its technology to put itself to sleep, that we will distract ourselves from the reality around us by inventing a dream world that makes us feel good about ourselves.
It may not distract the singer but it certainly distracts me.
But kids who can distract themselves with a simple paper toy--the unfurling "party blower" ubiquitous at New Year's Eve and birthday celebrations -- are less likely to cry or struggle when a nurse or doctor must draw blood or administer chemotherapy, Jacobsen reports.