smoke-mirrors

smoke and mirrors

noun
(used with a singular or plural verb) something that distorts or blurs facts, figures, etc., like a magic or conjuring trick; artful deception.

Origin:
1980–85

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smoke and mirrors
 
n
irrelevant or misleading information serving to obscure the truth of a situation
 
[C20: reference to the use of smoke and mirrors in conjuring illusions]

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