smoke and mirrors noun plural
: something that seems good but is not real or effective and that is done especially to take attention away from something else that is embarrassing or unpleasant
: something intended to disguise or draw attention away from an often embarrassing or unpleasant issue —usually hyphenated when used attributively
First Known Use of SMOKE AND MIRRORS
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