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smoke screen

a mass of dense smoke produced to conceal an area, vessel, or plane from the enemy.
something intended to disguise, conceal, or deceive; camouflage.
Origin of smoke screen
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The red Cadillacs were only a smoke screen for something else.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "It's no smoke screen," MacMaine said in a matter-of-fact tone.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • “We arranged to put up a smoke screen,” Johnny whispered to Meggy.

    Mystery Wings Roy J. Snell
  • At about 7.40 we turned, under cover of our smoke screen, and steered south-west.

  • In fact none of the British commanders realized what had taken place under cover of that smoke screen.

  • But only a few of the Earth's higher-up would know that it was a smoke screen; the rest believe it, whether it is true or not.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
  • "The whole TK business was just a smoke screen to keep matters confused," I concluded.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Mr. Gary, behind the smoke screen of his hypocrisies about the "open shop," was determined to have the strike go on.

  • The smoke screen grew denser and taller, mounting toward the balloons.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The third method—that of rendering the blockships invisible to the battery—would have entailed the use of a smoke screen.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
British Dictionary definitions for smoke screen

smoke screen

(military) a cloud of smoke produced by artificial means to obscure movements or positions
something said or done in order to hide the truth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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