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.

1910–15 Unabridged
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smoke screen
1.  military a cloud of smoke produced by artificial means to obscure movements or positions
2.  something said or done in order to hide the truth

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Word Origin & History

smoke screen
1915, as a form of military camouflage, from smoke (n.1); 1926 in the fig. sense. The association of smoke with "deception, deliberate obscurity" dates back to at least 1565.
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Example sentences
It's a bogus smoke screen to throw up that only skew the debate in you guys favor.
The trial served as a useful smoke screen but it did not signify any political about-face.
Simply, clearly, with some sort of progressive story line minus a technical smoke screen.
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