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Meaning of misplaced modifier

mis'placed mod'ifier

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a word, phrase, or clause that seems to refer to or modify an unintended word because of its placement in a sentence, as when young in When young, circuses appeal to all of us. Cf.
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