smoke screen

noun
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

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 in a Sentence

  1. His campaign promises were just a smoke screen.

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

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First Known Use of smoke screen

1915

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SMOKE SCREEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of smoke screen for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


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