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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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  • Alexander was wont to disguise his frank admiration of Fritz behind a smoke screen of banter.

    Immortal Youth Lucien Price
  • 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
  • Mr. Gary, behind the smoke screen of his hypocrisies about the "open shop," was determined to have the strike go on.

  • The M.L.'s were emitting their smoke screen to cover the bombarding ships.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • The smoke screen grew denser and taller, mounting toward the balloons.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Unfortunately the tow parted and the smoke screen drifted away before the wind.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
  • 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
  • In fact none of the British commanders realized what had taken place under cover of that smoke screen.

  • I thought at the time that this smoke screen was the thickest on record—that opinion was changed later.

    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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