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smokescreennoun [C]

uk   /ˈsməʊk.skriːn/  us   /ˈsmoʊk-/
something that ​hides the ​truth about someone's ​intentions: Instead of doing something about the ​problem, the ​citycouncil is ​hiding behind a smokescreen of ​bureaucracy. an ​artificialcloud of ​smoke that is used to ​hide the ​movements or ​positions of ​soldiers from the ​enemy
(Definition of smokescreen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smokescreen" in Business English

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smokescreennoun [C]

(also smoke-screen) uk   us   /ˈsməʊkskriːn/
something which hides the truth about someone's intentions: a smokescreen for sth The ​namechange is a smokescreen for something larger. Some ​thought the decision to announce a ​change of direction was a smokescreen to ​cover the management's desire for the CEO's ​departure.
(Definition of smokescreen from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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