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or smoke screen  (smōk′skrēn′)
1. A mass of dense artificial smoke used to conceal military areas or operations from an enemy.
2. An action or statement used to conceal actual plans or intentions.


1. (Military) military a cloud of smoke produced by artificial means to obscure movements or positions
2. something said or done in order to hide the truth
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smokescreen - (military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movementssmokescreen - (military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements
screen - a protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted in a frame; "they put screens in the windows for protection against insects"; "a metal screen protected the observers"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.smokescreen - an action intended to conceal or confuse or obscure; "requesting new powers of surveillance is just a smokescreen to hide their failures"
concealing, hiding, concealment - the activity of keeping something secret
سِتار من الدُّخانشَيْءٌ يُقْصَدُ به إخْفاء نَشاط الشَّخْص
kouřová clona
dymová clona
duman perdesigerçeği gizleyen şey


[ˈsməʊkskriːn] N (lit, fig) → cortina f de humo
to put up a smokescreen (fig) → entenebrecer un asunto, enmarañar un asunto (para despistar a la gente)


(sməuk) noun
1. the cloudlike gases and particles of soot given off by something which is burning. Smoke was coming out of the chimney; He puffed cigarette smoke into my face.
2. an act of smoking (a cigarette etc). I came outside for a smoke.
1. to give off smoke.
2. to draw in and puff out the smoke from (a cigarette etc). I don't smoke, but he smokes cigars.
3. to dry, cure, preserve (ham, fish etc) by hanging it in smoke.
smoked adjective
treated with smoke. smoked cheese.
ˈsmokeless adjective
1. allowing no smoke. Our part of the town is a smokeless zone.
2. burning without smoke. smokeless fuel.
ˈsmoker noun
a person who smokes cigarettes etc. When did you become a smoker?; He's a pipe-smoker.
ˈsmoking noun
the habit of smoking cigarettes etc. He has given up cigarette-smoking at last; Smoking can damage your health.
ˈsmoky adjective
1. filled with, or giving out (too much) smoke. The atmosphere in the room was thick and smoky.
2. like smoke in appearance etc.


smoke detector
a device in a building which sounds a fire alarm when smoke passes through it.
ˈsmokescreen noun
1. a cloud of smoke used to conceal the movements of troops etc.
2. something intended to conceal one's activities etc.
go up in smoke
1. to be completely destroyed by fire. The whole house went up in smoke.
2. to vanish very quickly leaving nothing behind. All his plans have gone up in smoke.
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Mr Allan rejected claims that Mr Campbell set up the row with the BBC as a smokescreen.
The president's executive order encouraging the wholesale auction of the nation's public facilities, which he calls "privatization," is yet another election-year gimmick, a smokescreen to distract attention from the economic mess that his administration has so effectively nurtured.
This is merely a smokescreen and cover-up to hide personal agendas and vendettas.
I suspect it could be a smokescreen for the fact Ronan O'Gara was actually concussed, and he'd therefore miss the final match of the Championship.
Behind this smokescreen, they continually push up prices based on technical information which no-one outside the industry is in a position to understand.
THE opponents of Fathers4Justice are continuing to smokescreen the issue with the myth of feckless fathers uninterested in their children and divorced fathers with unlimited resources.
Is this just a smokescreen to distract us from other things?
Their claim that it will prevent corruption in the sport is obviously a smokescreen to cover a far more worrying misuse of the mobile 'dog'.
Mark Dowd is very clever when he refers to the safety angle, another little smokescreen.
You can talk all you want about customer satisfaction, but consumers are quick to see through a smokescreen.
Management's attempt to place any blame on FAvS' minority shareholders is merely a smokescreen to hide management's continued failure to develop and implement a consistently profitable business model.
10 authorised announcement after announcement to erect a smokescreen.