Definition of red herring in English:

red herring

Syllabification: red her·ring


  • 1A dried smoked herring, which is turned red by the smoke.
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    • In the next few decades these kippers almost completely took over the market from the old salty red herrings.
    • Many a person has gone away smiling after eating one of Kipperman's red herring, bloaters or kippers.
  • 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]
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    • 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.

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