Definition of smokescreen in English:


Line breaks: smoke|screen
Pronunciation: /ˈsməʊkskriːn


  • 1A cloud of smoke created to conceal military operations: troops laid down a smokescreen to cover the rescue of the victims
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    • Desultory firing continued for two days amid fog, smokescreens, and increasing confusion, before the operation was eventually abandoned.
    • 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.
    • We use them [white phosphorus munitions] primarily as obscurants, for smokescreens or target marking in some cases.
  • 1.1A ruse designed to disguise someone’s real intentions or activities: he tried to create a smokescreen by quibbling about the statistics
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    • It's just hard to sort out the real issues from the smokescreens as the rhetoric heats up this election year.
    • 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.
    • Behind a smokescreen of good intentions, the project continues.

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