I have some to-do entries that have a "time-like" string (i.e something like 7:00) as part of the entry text. The problem is that org-mode is interpreting that substring as a time, and is treating that as part of the timestamp for the to-do entry. Is there a way to escape this text so that it doesn't get interpreted as a timestamp?

Edit: I see that the org-mode manual specifies

In the headline of the entry itself, a time(range) may also appear as plain text (like ‘12:45’ or a ‘8:30-1pm’).

Is there a way to disable this behavior, or failing that, indicate to org-mode that it should not interpret a particular piece of text as a timestamp?

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You can set org-agenda-search-headline-for-time to nil to disable that behavior for all agenda items.

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