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smoke and mirrors

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noun
  1. (used with a singular or plural verb) something that distorts or blurs facts, figures, etc., like a magic or conjuring trick; artful deception.

Origin of smoke and mirrors

First recorded in 1980–85
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British Dictionary definitions for smoke and mirrors

smoke and mirrors

noun
  1. irrelevant or misleading information serving to obscure the truth of a situation

Word Origin

C20: reference to the use of smoke and mirrors in conjuring illusions
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