- 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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- military a cloud of smoke produced by artificial means to obscure movements or positions
- something said or done in order to hide the truth