synonyms
  • definitions

smoke-screen

SEE DEFINITION OF smoke-screen
  • as insmoke screen
  • as incover-up

Synonyms for smoke-screen

  • red herring
  • cover
  • false colors
  • false front
  • masquerade
  • screen
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SMOKE-SCREEN

In the rifts of the smoke-screen could be discerned the tripod masts, enormous top-hamper and up-trained guns of the monitors.

In the center of the smoke-screen Gregory sat at a small table, hammering away at a typewriter.

It "boomed" as it struck the water and threw out the smoke-screen in most approved navy fashion.

WORD ORIGIN

1915, as a form of military camouflage, from smoke (n.1) + screen (n.); 1926 in the figurative sense. The association of smoke with "deception, deliberate obscurity" dates back to at least 1560s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SMOKE-SCREEN

cover-up

nounattempt to conceal embarrassing or scandalous information
  • burial
  • camouflage
  • closeting
  • complicity
  • concealment
  • conspiracy
  • disguising
  • dissimulation
  • evasion
  • front
  • hush-up
  • masking
  • placing under wraps
  • pretense
  • seal of secrecy
  • smoke-screen
  • veil of secrecy
  • whitewash
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