First we laugh, then we begin to wonder why the man was so distracted that he didn't notice he'd taken the doorknob with him.
Sometimes, even though Hannah is, ironically, a writer, she says things that seem non-committal, distracted, or not present.
And just because I wrote about the Condi business doesn't mean the Romney camp successfully "distracted" me.
Who cares what thing… that offending “of” distracted the hell out of me.
They end up flirting with some girls while traveling with Ben, and are so distracted that they leave him on a city bus.
He had chosen a moment when her attention was distracted to slip out unobserved.
The two distracted women had not even the money to bury him.
He threw all the strength in his legs into a sudden spring, away from the distracted long knives.
And he felt that he was as distracted, as upset, as himself.
They began to cast an eye on the crown, and distracted the nation by cabals to compass their designs.
mid-14c., "to draw asunder or apart, to turn aside" (literal and figurative), from Latin distractus, past participle of distrahere "draw in different directions," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + trahere "to draw" (see tract (n.1)).
Sense of "to throw into a state of mind in which one knows not how to act" is from 1580s. Related: Distracted; distracting; distractedly; distractedness.