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noun

a mass of dense smoke produced to conceal an area, vessel, or plane from the enemy.
something intended to disguise, conceal, or deceive; camouflage.

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Origin of smoke screen

First recorded in 1910–15
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smoke screen

noun

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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