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diversionary

[dih-vur-zhuh-ner-ee, -shuh-, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜr ʒəˌnɛr i, -ʃə-, daɪ-/
adjective
1.
tending to divert or distract the attention:
diversionary tactics of the guerrilla fighters.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; diversion + -ary
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  • He did not intend to be merely the novelist-as-journalist writing diversionary occasional pieces.
  • Activity: to remove the two dams and close the diversionary tunnel.
  • Major coping responses included substance use and diversionary activities.
  • A diversionary experiment that distracts the enemy with his entertaining tap dance.

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