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Example:

In this article about bugs I focus primarily on 7-legged bugs and purposely not consider spiders as it would require me to [look into and explain the details I don't want to here] them which is not the point here.

In a way, it's close to to dirty one's hands with smh but without a negative connotation.

I'm quite confident there's a word for it, but I just can't remember it. I think to dip into is close, but too casual (slang-ish), I'm looking for something for more formal writing.

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"To look into something else" and "get sidetracked" is to fall down a rabbit hole.

Merriam-Webster calls a rabbit hole

a...situation...in which the pursuit of something (such as an answer or solution) leads to other questions, problems, or pursuits

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You don’t want to be distracted:

dis·tract (dĭ-străkt)

tr.v. dis·tract·ed, dis·tract·ing, dis·tracts

  1. To cause (someone) to have difficulty paying attention to something: The voices in the other room distracted him, so he couldn't concentrate on his homework.

  2. To attract (the attention) away from its original focus; divert.

  3. To cause to feel worried or uneasy; unsettle: The company's workforce was distracted by the prospect of a takeover.

The second definition is the most pertinent, as it notes that you want to keep the focus on the current topic.

From American Heritage Dictionary. https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=distract

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  • It’s worth noting, with general comments frozen, that the OP has not provided a sentence in which to use this word or phrase.
    – Xanne
    Jul 30, 2021 at 7:35
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It is common to use the phrase “beyond the scope” when describing the content of a paper and also setting out the limits of your discussion. See this discussion on Academia Stack Exchange: https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/143708/beyond-the-scope-of-this-paper-phrase

So, I would reword your example sentence as follows:

In this article about bugs, I focus primarily on 7-legged bugs. Spiders are beyond the scope of this article.

(Just curious: What 7-legged bugs???)

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  • I don't want to bother about/bother my head with this subject [for the time being/here/now].
  • I will not bother about/bother my head with that in this presentation.

(OALD) not bother yourself/your head with/about something
​(especially British English) to not spend time/effort on something, because it is not important or you are not interested in it

This term is not informal but belongs to a neutral register.

The synonym "to trouble sb with sth" belongs also to a neutral register.

  • I will not trouble myself with that now.

(OALD) trouble somebody with something
I don't want to trouble the doctor with such a small problem.

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delve into:

to examine something carefully in order to discover more information about someone or something:

  • It's not always a good idea to delve too deeply into someone's past. (Cambridge)

Delve is used here metaphorically. It literally means:

reach inside a receptacle and search for something. (OxfordL)

Here are examples of metaphorical use provided by Freedictionary:

  • Because I was eager to delve into that novel further, I decided to write about it for my term paper.
  • I am just now delving into a study of the Trojan War.

And some formal contexts:

Your sentence would then be

In this article about bugs I focus primarily on 7-legged bugs and purposely not consider spiders as it would require me to delve into details about them which is not the point here.

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