smoke and mirrors

plural noun

Definition of smoke and mirrors

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

Examples of smoke and mirrors in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the quality of the things that did get modernized seems like smoke and mirrors. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 Apr. 2022 But technical reviews of several mass-reporting tools posted on GitHub — including those written by H4xton, Omran and Linux — suggest that this cottage industry is not entirely smoke and mirrors. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 Ah, Instagram — the ultimate source of smoke and mirrors. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 24 Nov. 2021 However, a healthy dose of skepticism remains about whether the news portends a major leap or more smoke and mirrors. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2021 However, factoring companies that offer a non-recourse arrangement are playing a game of smoke and mirrors, according to altLINE''s Justice. Zenger News, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Wilder seems dialed in and ready for the smoke with this third go-around with Fury, but the unbeaten Ring/WBC/lineal champion is smoke and mirrors. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2021 But the Browns went 11-5 and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs last season with a defense held together by smoke and mirrors, and one whose best defender in Myles Garrett wasn’t himself down the stretch because of COVID-19. cleveland, 7 July 2021 There, is of course, some classic Washington smoke and mirrors here. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 28 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of smoke and mirrors

1979, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

26 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Smoke and mirrors.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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