Meaning of “red herring” in the English Dictionary

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(Definition of “red herring” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"red herring" in American English

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red herringnoun [ C ]

us /ˈred ˈher·ɪŋ/

something that takes attention away from a more important subject:

Racism was not a factor in the case – that was a red herring thrown in by the defense lawyers.

(Definition of “red herring” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)