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smokescreen

noun [C] uk   /ˈsməʊk.skriːn/ us    /ˈsmoʊk-/
something that hides the truth about someone's intentions: Instead of doing something about the problem, the council is hiding behind a smokescreen of bureaucracy. an artificial cloud of smoke that is used to hide the movements or positions of soldiers from the enemy
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