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smoke and mirrors

noun plural

Simple Definition of smoke and mirrors

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of smoke and mirrors

  1. :  something intended to disguise or draw attention away from an often embarrassing or unpleasant issue —usually hyphenated when used attributively

1979

First Known Use of smoke and mirrors

1979


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