Meaning of “smokescreen” in the English Dictionary

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"smokescreen" in British English

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smokescreennoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsməʊk.skriːn/ us /ˈsmoʊk.skriːn/

something that hides the truth about someone's intentions:

Instead of doing something about the problem, the city 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

(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 /ˈsməʊkskriːn/ us

something which hides the truth about someone's intentions:

a smokescreen for sth The name change 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)