smoke screen


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for smoke-screen

  • 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
  • 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.

    El Diablo|Brayton Norton

British Dictionary definitions for smoke-screen

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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