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1A cloud of smoke created to conceal military operations:‘troops laid down a smokescreen to cover the rescue of the victims’
- ‘Wing Commander Frank Brock, a director of the company, used his background and passion for explosives and incendiaries to develop a smokescreen to conceal battleships at sea.’
- ‘They thought that it was a smokescreen to disguise the movement forwards of German troops.’
- ‘Desultory firing continued for two days amid fog, smokescreens, and increasing confusion, before the operation was eventually abandoned.’
- ‘We use them [white phosphorus munitions] primarily as obscurants, for smokescreens or target marking in some cases.’
- 1.1 A ruse designed to disguise someone's real intentions or activities:‘he tried to create a smokescreen by quibbling about the statistics’
trick, hoax, ruse, wile, ploy, stratagem, artifice, dodge, bluff, manoeuvre, machination, pretext, pretence, expedient, tactic, intrigue, scheme, deception, fraud, masquerade, blind, smokescreen, sleight, stunt, gameView synonyms
- ‘Behind a smokescreen of good intentions, the project continues.’
- ‘All of it in the end is an elaborate smokescreen to prevent us seeing the real issue: which is not a matter of trust but of judgment.’
- ‘According to the site, the old adage ‘Men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ is merely a smokescreen - felines are the real Martians.’
- ‘We are now left to wonder whether the publicly-advertised trials of GM crops were only a smokescreen to divert attention away from the real, clandestine experiments.’
- ‘I respond by cutting through the smokescreen and getting to the real facts, which they are hiding from you.’
- ‘Why don't you spend your valuable time actually answering Blair's accusation, or is this a nice little smokescreen to disguise the fact that you haven't got a leg to stand on?’
- ‘Gardai claim that a proposed marriage between a Corkman and a Romanian girl charged in a credit card scam is only a smokescreen to obtain a residency permit.’
- ‘Not playing bilateral cricket is a smokescreen used to evade the real issues.’
- ‘Hague last night insisted that he would not be silenced by accusations of racism, which he said were designed as a smokescreen to hide Labour's problems over asylum.’
- ‘It's not even clear the Cheney administration ever had any serious intention of promoting those values except as a smokescreen for the exercise of American power.’
- ‘Jimmy reckons that the Charlie denials are a smokescreen - distracting from the actual real rumour.’
- ‘There's no attempt to cloud its intentions behind a smokescreen of law enforcement or national security - although the Secure PC is an advance on current standards.’
- ‘It's just hard to sort out the real issues from the smokescreens as the rhetoric heats up this election year.’
- ‘Many people in York suspect the vagueness the company expresses about its intentions could be a smokescreen.’
- ‘More likely, it's another smokescreen designed to increase the public's general paranoia and portray the Department of Homeland Security as anything but incompetent.’
- ‘I do find, because I work alongside lots of other artists and producers, that pretense could be a smokescreen for insecurity.’
- ‘Many on the left see moral arguments as a smokescreen over the real conflict - the struggle over who gets what.’
- ‘It's all a smokescreen, a diversionary tactic to take the focus off of certain questions those who failed this country that day don't want aired.’
- ‘These are used as a smokescreen to distract us from the real issues.’
- ‘Sieuraj knocked Government's push for the passage of the police reform bills which he described as public relations tactics and a smokescreen.’
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