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smoke and mirrorsnoun [plural]

uk   us   mainly US
Something that is described as smoke and mirrors is intended to take attention away from an embarrassing or unpleasant situation: Instead of cutting expenditure, the government's relying on smoke and mirrors to make it seem as though it's doing something.
Translations of “smoke and mirrors”
in Chinese (Traditional) 煙幕,障眼物…
in Chinese (Simplified) 烟幕,障眼物…
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