distract (v.)
[unclear meaning] perplex, bewilder
MW II.ii.130[Falstaff to himself, of hearing from both Mistress Ford and Mistress Page] This news distracts me [or: divert; drive mad]
Oth II.iii.249[Othello to Iago] silence those whom this vile brawl distracted
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