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smokescreen

1. Literally, a dense cloud of smoke, especially created by artificial means, used by the military to conceal positions, movements, or operations from the enemy. We've asked for air support to create a smokescreen so we can evacuate our troops in safety.
2. Any action or statement that functions to conceal or divert attention away from one's true plans, intentions, activities, motivations, etc. The news that the retailer is increasing their minimum wage across the country is really a smokescreen to cover the fact that they are making huge cuts to the benefits they offer. As soon as my mother starts prying into my dating life, I put up a smokescreen by asking my grandfather about his favorite fishing spots—a topic he could talk about for hours. Works every time!

a ˈsmokescreen

something that hides your real intentions, feelings, or activities: She couldn’t answer the question, so she tried to put up a smokescreen by talking angrily about the interviewer’s rudeness.
A smokescreen is a cloud of smoke used to hide soldiers, ships, etc. during a battle.
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The SDLP's Alex Attwood said: "The words perverse and bizarre are a smokescreen to deny accountability.
You went as far as to create a smokescreen for her in the form of a Facebook account in a false name so she could pretend to have a boyfriend from the next village to divert attention away from how close the two of you had got.
The national or cultural argument that it's right to rule over homosexuality does not wash - it's a smokescreen for value systems that reflect insecurity and fear
In our view, they are merely a smokescreen for the club's inability or unwillingness to accept or reject TPC's final and non-negotiable proposal by the deadline set by us.
who keep misusing his name as their personal smokescreen, Kalam represents all the qualities that those who give him lip respect don't.
So when Stuart Pearce came out with his 'don't panic, I'll pick the squad' outburst, we'll naturally assume that Pep is being fitted up for his Three Lions blazer and it's all part of some cunning smokescreen.
Smokescreen aims to make young people think about solutions to online privacy and security as the risks and threats could actually be real.
Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati's government will be a smokescreen of Hizbullah's rule, said Ali Hamadeh, a columnist with the pro- Hariri newspaper AN NAHAR.
The two were at their stations in the destroyer HMS Comus when the highly-specialised director control, which co-ordinated range and firing of all guns, was unable to act in a heavy smokescreen.
So begins Smokescreen, a fantastic online game from Channel 4 and Six To Start (www.
US optimism on Middle East talks is a smokescreen for Arab opposition to recognizing Israel, according to the tone of reporters comments.
He added: 'Unite remains wary about the government's continued obsession with privatisation of the NHS and we would not like the fine words and elegant phrases embedded in the constitution to be used as a smokescreen for private companies to take a larger slice of NHS services.
However, it is my opinion that these seditious Labourites are using this argument as a smokescreen to cover up, not for the first time, all the mistakes made by a Labour government that has completely lost its way and ruined this country's economy.
Mr Reilly said: "Birmingham Post readers can doubtless see through the smokescreen put up by the Lib-Dems over the numerous questions that have arisen about Ayoub Khan.
The death toll mounts as Alex becomes more and more determined to get to the bottom of what increasingly looks like some sort of conspiracy, with intimidation of union organizers being just a smokescreen.