smoke-screen

smoke screen

noun
1.
a mass of dense smoke produced to conceal an area, vessel, or plane from the enemy.
2.
something intended to disguise, conceal, or deceive; camouflage.

Origin:
1910–15

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smoke screen
 
n
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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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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