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smoke and mirrors

noun [plural] uk   mainly US us  
Something that is described as smoke and mirrors is intended to take attention away from an embarrassing or unpleasant situation: Instead of cutting expenditure, the government's relying on smoke and mirrors to make it seem as though it's doing something.
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