2Something, especially a clue, that is or is intended to be misleading or distracting: the book is fast-paced, exciting, and full of red herrings
[so named from the practice of using the scent of red herring in training hounds]
More example sentences
- Often they're false clues, red herrings.
- Most of the film is spent working very hard to build suspense and distract the audience with red herrings that stop being effective early on.
- It is a quest for the truth that drops vital clues and red herrings along the way.