throw dust in (one's) eyes(redirected from throw dust in their eyes)
throw dust in (one's) eyes
To mislead or deceive someone by presenting or introducing distracting or obfuscating information. It is a common tactic of despotic governments to throw dust in our eyes with fear and incitements to hatred in order to keep us from questioning their consolidation of power.
throw dust in someone's eyes
Mislead someone, as in The governor's press aide threw dust in their eyes, talking about a flight at the airport when he was heading for the highway . This metaphoric expression alludes to throwing dust or sand in the air to confuse a pursuing enemy. [Mid-1700s]