smoke and mirrors

smoke and mirrors
noun plural Date: 1979 something intended to disguise or draw attention away from an often embarrassing or unpleasant issue — usually hyphenated when used attributively

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • smoke and mirrors — UK US noun [plural] ► an explanation or description that is not true or not complete and is used to hide the truth about a situation: »Even allowing for the smoke and mirrors, offers such as half price cornflakes and 40% off washing powder look… …   Financial and business terms

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  • smoke and mirrors — ► smoke and mirrors N. Amer. the use of misleading or irrelevant information to obscure or embellish the truth. Main Entry: ↑smoke …   English terms dictionary

  • smoke and mirrors — noun uncount something that is intended to prevent people from clearly seeing or understanding something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • smoke and mirrors — noun plural Etymology: from the use of smoke and mirrors in conjuring tricks : an illusion created (as by public statements) to disguise or draw attention from something potentially embarrassing or unpleasant (as the unworkability of a proposal)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • smoke and mirrors —    An attempt to conceal something is smoke and mirrors.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    An attempt to conceal or distort the truth (like a magician) in order to confuse people is called smoke and mirrors.     The outgoing president used… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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? □ There is no plan. It’s all just smoke and mirrors …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • smoke and mirrors — noun A deceptive, fraudulent, or unconvincing explanation or description. Budget process? Its more like a magic show. Its wink and blink and smoke and mirrors and pulling rabbits out of hats, but almost all that ever comes up are designs to hide… …   Wiktionary

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