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confusion worse confounded

Confusion made worse. Recess was already underway when the fire alarm rang, leading to confusion worse confounded. Trying to wrangle all those kids was certainly a chore!
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smoke and mirrors

Trickery, deception, or misdirection. The candidate has been accused of using smoke and mirrors during the debate to undermine the credibility of his opponent. Before computer generated effects, filmmakers had to use a lot of smoke and mirrors to make fantastic, unbelievable things look realistic in their movies.
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throw into confusion

1. To confuse, confound, or bewilder one. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "throw" and "into." The random outbursts from the audience threw me into confusion during my presentation. The sudden amorous attention from Jonathan threw Sally into confusion, as she had never really thought about him in that way before.
2. To cause some situation, system, process, etc., to fall into a state of disorder, uncertainty, or disarray. The company was thrown into confusion by the sudden resignations of several top-level officials. You're going to end up throwing the project into confusion if you keep changing the parameters like that. The huge cyber attack threw the entire country into confusion for several months.
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smoke and mirrors

deception and confusion. (Said of statements or more complicated rhetoric used to mislead people rather than inform. Alludes to the way a magician uses optical illusion to create believability while performing a trick. Fixed order.) Most people know that the politician was just using smoke and mirrors to make things look better than they really were. Her report was little more than smoke and mirrors. No one will believe any of it.
See also: and, mirror, smoke

throw someone or something into confusion

to cause people or a process to become confused, aimless, or disorderly. She made her entrance early and threw eveyone onstage into confusion. The judge's surprise ruling threw the courtroom into confusion.
See also: confusion, throw
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors are words and actions that are intended to deceive or confuse people, especially by making something seem better than it really is. The president claims that his economic plan is free of the smoke and mirrors of previous presidential budget proposals. Thousands of shareholders learned too late that the company's image of success had been created with smoke and mirrors. Note: Magicians sometimes use smoke and mirrors when they are performing tricks, in order to confuse or deceive people.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

smoke and mirrors

the obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information. chiefly North American
1998 Sunday Telegraph Ministers accused the Conservatives of a ‘smoke and mirrors’ con trick.
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smoke and ˈmirrors

used to describe ways of tricking people or of hiding the truth: He said the government had used smoke and mirrors to raise taxes.The commission has declared war on the smoke and mirrors of sales promotions.
See also: and, mirror, smoke
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smoke and mirrors

n. a strategy of deception and cover up. Her entire report was nothing but smoke and mirrors. Who could believe any of it?
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

smoke and mirrors

Something that deceives or distorts the truth: Your explanation is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
See also: and, mirror, smoke
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The subcommittee also decided to forgo the concurrent powers to avoid confusion, he added.
Mr Haq regretted that the confusion was so widespread that the leaders were asking each other and the voters were asking their leaders about it and it was deepening every day.
At the same time, the FKE boss said removing partners from the board of trustees will interfere with the smooth running of the fund."The constant effort to remove social partners from the board of trustees is a clear indication that some quarters are usurping powers of NSSF and this will create confusion at the fund," Ms Mugo said.
His confusion forces him to say goodbye to his claim to get relief and many have died while waiting for justice whereas justice is the key to prosperity and progress of a nation.
Consumer confusion has been a central issue in the consumer literature for about two decades.
There is confusion about whether the Karachi mayor has the authority to enforce garbage lifting and to stop gutters from overflowing.
[USA], August 2 (ANI): In a new study, hospital patients with dementia and other causes of confusion have longer stays and worse treatment outcomes than people without the condition.
Infringement, however, can strip the trademark of its value by causing "confusion among consumers" as ...
Although that leads to better competition and a huge variety of alternative services, what it also leads to is a huge amount of confusion for an average user.
Este estudio analiza la estrategia me-too entendiendo que lo relevante al momento de una demanda es el hecho de que el producto me-too no genere confusion en el consumidor (Congreso de Colombia, 1996), quien pretende elegir el lider de la categoria.
Babel itself means confusion while the Tower of Babel is a biblical story from the Book of Genesis ii (1-9).
Election workers are working to help ensure there is no confusion when voters head to the polls as early voting starts Monday.
The Lanham Act (the Act) governs federal trademark protection, providing for nationwide protection of a trademark against threats, such as the unauthorized reproduction or imitation of a trademark that is "likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive," and creates two statutory bases for any confusion-based causes of action.
The subnet shown in Figure 1(a) is a confusion that may occur in WF-nets, which includes two concurrent transitions [t.sub.1] and [t.sub.2] at the shown marking and a structural conflict between transitions [t.sub.2] and [t.sub.3].