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smoke and mirrors

Definition of smoke and mirrors in English:

North American The obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information: the budget process is an exercise in smoke and mirrors
[With reference to illusion created by conjuring tricks]
More example sentences
  • The truth here is not even obscured with the usual smoke and mirrors.
  • Would you believe that all this ‘informed’ blather is just smoke and mirrors?
  • Major accounting firms were all too happy to be deceived by corporate smoke and mirrors, as long as they got lucrative consulting contracts.
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