›an explanation or description that is not true or not complete and is used to hide the truth about a situation: Even allowing for the smoke and mirrors, offers such as half-price cornflakes and 40% off washing powder look serious.
Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014
by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them