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smoke screen

noun

Simple Definition of smoke screen

  • : something that you do or say to hide something or to take attention away from something

  • : a cloud of thick smoke that is used to hide ships, soldiers, etc.

Full Definition of smoke screen

  1. 1 :  a screen of smoke to hinder enemy observation of a military force, area, or activity

  2. 2 :  something designed to obscure, confuse, or mislead

Examples of smoke screen

  1. His campaign promises were just a smoke screen.

  2. The truth was hidden behind a smoke screen of lies.



1915

First Known Use of smoke screen

1915


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