- 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
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Examples from the Web for smoke-screen
In the rifts of the smoke-screen could be discerned the tripod masts, enormous top-hamper and up-trained guns of the monitors.The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge
Percy F. Westerman
In the center of the smoke-screen Gregory sat at a small table, hammering away at a typewriter.El Diablo
It "boomed" as it struck the water and threw out the smoke-screen in most approved navy fashion.Adventures in Swaziland
Owen Rowe O'Neil
- military a cloud of smoke produced by artificial means to obscure movements or positions
- something said or done in order to hide the truth
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Word Origin and History for smoke-screen
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