smoke and mirrors

plural noun

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


SMOKE AND MIRRORS Defined for English Language Learners

smoke and mirrors

plural noun

Definition of smoke and mirrors for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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