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smoke and mirrors

noun
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) something that distorts or blurs facts, figures, etc., like a magic or conjuring trick; artful deception.
Origin
1980-1985
1980-85
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smoke and mirrors

noun
1.
irrelevant or misleading information serving to obscure the truth of a situation
Word Origin
C20: reference to the use of smoke and mirrors in conjuring illusions
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