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
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Historical Examples of 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.
In the center of the smoke-screen Gregory sat at a small table, hammering away at a typewriter.
It "boomed" as it struck the water and threw out the smoke-screen in most approved navy fashion.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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Word Origin and History for smoke-screen
1915, as a form of military camouflage, from smoke (n.1) + screen (n.); 1926 in the figurative sense. The association of smoke with "deception, deliberate obscurity" dates back to at least 1560s.
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