smokescreen

n.
1 a cloud of smoke diffused to conceal (esp. military) operations.
2 a device or ruse for disguising one's activities.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • smokescreen — smoke|screen [ˈsməukskri:n US ˈsmouk ] n 1.) something that you do or say to hide your real plans or actions ▪ a government that rules behind a smokescreen of democracy 2.) a cloud of smoke produced so that it hides soldiers, ships etc during a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • smokescreen — noun (C) 1 something that you do or say to hide your real plans or actions: All that stuff about being a businessman was just a smokescreen to hide his criminal activities. 2 a cloud of smoke produced so that it hides soldiers, ships etc during a …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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