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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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I believe the so-called Christian nature of the country is part of the smokescreen. It also serves on the international scene to fight those who criticise the demise of the rule of law and democracy, as if they were attacking something pristine in the country.
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Unite has warned that the new NHS Constitution should not be used as a 'smokescreen' for more privatisation in the health service.
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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. The suspense mounts steadily, as it becomes difficult to tell the good guys from the bad.
Their excuses are obviously a smokescreen for their real goal, which is to drop the overall deer herd to next to nothing.
citizens--is a smokescreen. The ID requirement is akin to a 21st-century poll tax."
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"I saw that as a smokescreen for accountability," he says bluntly.