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
His campaign promises were just a smoke screen.
The truth was hidden behind a smoke screen of lies.
First Known Use of smoke screen
SMOKE SCREEN Defined for English Language Learners
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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