displacement activity - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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singulardisplacement activity
pluraldisplacement activities
  1. 1
    something that you do in order to avoid dealing with an unpleasant situation
  2. 2
    in biology and psychology, something that a person or animal does that has no obvious connection with the situation which they are in and that is the result of being confused about what to do