smoke screen


smoke screen

noun

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

First Known Use of SMOKE SCREEN

1915

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