smokescreen

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n smokescreen an action intended to conceal or confuse or obscure "requesting new powers of surveillance is just a smokescreen to hide their failures"
    • n smokescreen (military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements
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Usage

In literature:

Belle is behind this whole operation; working under a perfectly beautiful smokescreen.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
But since we have to get off-planet anyway, there is no harm in using our escape as a smokescreen.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Davidge paused to study Mamise from behind a smokescreen that concealed his stare.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
The defenders moved under the cover of the smokescreen to fire on the advancing nomads.
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones
Now all of a sudden there's this smokescreen.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
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In news:

As a smokescreen, a general manager will praise one prospect while feigning indifference about another.
Obama's smokescreen obscures smart energy policies.
GOP's crazy populism is just a smokescreen .
The anti-Prop 29 smokescreen .
In the week of the draft, this has smokescreen written all over it.
"War on Women" rhetoric a smokescreen .
The smokescreen of reclassifying pot for health.
Jobs Rips Google Android Open Model as Smokescreen .
Navy Veterans Association still in smokescreen .
Pence calls president's drilling announcement a ' smokescreen '.
At REI Is 'Carbon Neutral' A Smokescreen .
A smokescreen to help workers keep an eye on the game while looking productive.
Did Big Tobacco's Barrister Set Up A Smokescreen .
'Socialist' label is just a smokescreen .
Smokescreen on charter schools.
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