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Allude, Elude, Refer

Allude means "to mention indirectly." Do not confuse allude with refer. If we say, "Good old Joe is here," we refer to Joe. If we say, "That man with the ready laugh is here," we allude to Joe, but we never mention his name.

Allude is also sometimes confused with elude, which means "to escape" or "avoid capture."

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