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red herring

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  • nounmisleading clue
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Synonyms for red herring

noun misleading clue
  • ploy
  • smoke screen
  • attention-grabber
  • bait
  • commotion
  • curve ball
  • deviation
  • distraction
  • distractor
  • disturbance
  • diversion
  • diversionary tactic
  • false clue
  • false face
  • false trail
  • fool's errand
  • gimmick
  • interruption
  • maneuver
  • wild-goose chase

More words related to red herring

camouflage

noun. disguise

concealment

noun. hiding, secrecy

disguise

noun. covering, makeup for deception

diversion

noun. change in a course, path

pretext

noun. disguise; alleged reason

smoke screen

noun. action to confuse or conceal
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