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dis trak shuhn

  • n  mental turmoil
    he drives me to distraction
  • n  an obstacle to attention
  • n  an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
  • n  the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something

  • THE HIGHWAY As if looking out for other cars were not difficult enough, the hapless motor ist is driven to distraction by a sea of signs that tell him where to go and what to.
  • And since genitalia do not come without charge in Second Life, I could free myself from the gnawing distraction of a sex drive.
  • I can't even it's a distraction.
News & Articles

  • Hands-free Doesn't Mean Distraction Free
    Hands-free does not mean distraction free, at least when it comes to using your cellphone while driving.
    June 12, 2013 - NBC 15 Mobile
  • Hands-free devices still cause driver distraction, says study
    Using hands-free devices to talk on the phone, text or send emails or give some voice-activated commands while driving is distracting, and can "overload" a driver's attention span, hurting their ability to drive safely, a new study says.Smartphone or in-car speech-to-text systems, especially, can lead "lead to significant levels of distraction," David Strayer, the University of Utah psychology ...
    June 12, 2013 - NBC NEWS
  • Voice-Activated In-Car Systems Are Called Risky
    Significant cognitive distraction was seen by researchers who analyzed subjects trying to juggle driving with high-tech in-car systems.
    June 12, 2013 - New York Times

  • President Bush in Reuters Canada
    Bush, who doggedly supported Gonzales during repeated confrontations with the Democratic-controlled Congress, said Gonzales had endured "months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department."
  • Adm William Fallon in ABC News (blog)
    Recent press reports suggesting a disconnect between my views and the president's policy objectives have become a distraction at a critical time and hamper efforts in the Centcom region,Fallon said at the time. "And although I don't...
  • Barack Obama in International Herald Tribune
    Obama, who is facing a critical test less than three weeks into his presidency, said in a statement, "It is inexcusable and irresponsible to get bogged down in distraction and delay while millions of Americans are being put out of work."

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