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"smoke and mirrors" in British English

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smoke and mirrorsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˌsməʊk ən ˈmɪr.əz/ us /ˌsmoʊk ən ˈmɪr.ɚz/ mainly US

(Definition of “smoke and mirrors” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smoke and mirrors" in Business English

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smoke and mirrorsnoun [ plural ]

uk us

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.

(Definition of “smoke and mirrors” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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