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Blaming a busted deal on "market conditions" is a well-worn red herring.

From Axios

Then again, a member of Congress throwing out red herrings to justify hate and discrimination is nothing new.

From Time

Ekback excels at presenting red herrings, and the plot zigzags in intriguing ways.

There were certainly many red herrings during the hunt for why sea stars along North America’s Pacific Coast were melting into goo, says Ian Hewson, a marine biologist at Cornell University.

Without spoiling, the revelation is much more boring, leaving this “twist” to be more of a red herring.

Koenig makes a big deal out of this call and frames it as a massive red herring.

Nevertheless, Brian Rogers, a McCain aide pushed back against UANI, calling the Rio Tinto-Iran connection “a red herring.”

The brutality of Dothraki culture is actually a red herring.

The fact that some BDS activists are for one state solution is irrelevant here and no more than a red herring.

He opposes settlements but calls them “a giant red herring.”

But we have to discuss the red-herring, not of the artful politician, anxious to dodge his hearers, but of the breakfast-table.

The red herring of annexation was drawn across the trail, and many a farmer followed it to the polling booth.

I know not what object her pale blue orbs encountered; but mine fell on the half-picked head of a red herring!

If I can tell which is the way to my master's house, I am a red herring, and no honest gentleman.

As Grandfather Bryant used to say, they are neither fish nor flesh, nor good red herring.


On this page you'll find 27 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to red herring, such as: ploy, smokescreen, attention-grabber, bait, commotion, and curve ball.

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