1A cloud of smoke created to conceal military operations.
- 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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Syllabification: smoke screen
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