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synonyms for red herring

  • ploy
  • smokescreen
  • 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
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How to use red herring in a sentence

Beginners must be warned against mistaking the edges of cells, or particles which have retained the red stain, for bacilli.
A MANUAL OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSISJAMES CAMPBELL TODD
Under the internal pressure his whiskers stood on end and his face grew red.
THE BONDBOYGEORGE W. (GEORGE WASHINGTON) OGDEN
“You appear to feel it so,” rejoined Mr. Pickwick, smiling at the clerk, who was literally red-hot.
THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB, V. 2(OF 2)CHARLES DICKENS
Ripperda's eye fell upon the mantle,—it was discoloured a dark red in many places, he nodded his head, and the man withdrew.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
C was a Captain, all covered with lace; D was a drunkard, and had a red face.
BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKSHELF; A PRACTICAL PLAN OF CHARACTER BUILDING, VOLUME I (OF 17)VARIOUS
Thus night fell, and darkness settled down about him, relieved only by the red glow of the logs smouldering on the hearth.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
The flowers grow in clusters from the extremities of the stalk; they are yellow externally and of a delicate red within.
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
In the center of the river line stood the imposing red sandstone palace of Bahadur Shah, last of the Moguls.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
It was no female head that was thrust in at the partially opened door, but the long black locks and red face of Mr. Stiggins.
THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB, V. 2(OF 2)CHARLES DICKENS
When pneumonia occurs during the course of a chronic bronchitis, the characteristic rusty red sputum may not appear.
A MANUAL OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSISJAMES CAMPBELL TODD
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO RED HERRING

  • beard
  • blind
  • cloak
  • concealment
  • cover
  • coverup
  • deceit
  • deceptive marking
  • disguise
  • dissimulation
  • faking
  • false appearance
  • front
  • guise
  • mask
  • masking
  • masquerade
  • mimicry
  • paint
  • plain brown wrapper
  • protective coloring
  • red herring
  • screen
  • shade
  • shroud
  • smokescreen
  • veil
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