1. mix different elements

2. to confuse one thing with another

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The word flow together was published in 51 articles on NYTimes.com last year, including on November 4th in “A New Front Opens in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Borscht” by Maria Varenikova and Andrew E. Kramer:

The sidewalk café is called Borscht and is marked with a huge red beetroot sign that leaves little doubt as to what people like to eat here.

The fields are planted with beets. The city is called Borshchiv, which means “belonging to borscht”. It is only one of a dozen cities and villages in Ukraine that are named after borscht.

With this clear commitment to borscht, Ukrainians wonder why the soup is commonly viewed as Russian, a national dish of their archenemy.

… In western countries, borscht was viewed as Russian in part because of the decades-long trend flow together Russia, which was just one of the Soviet republics, with everything Soviet.

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