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.
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Syllabification: red her·ring
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