White herring

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a fresh, or unsmoked, herring, as distinguished from a red, or cured, herring.

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He was backed into 1-4 after it was thought he was in talks with Sunderland before easing to 8-15 when that turned out to be nothing more than a red and white herring.
Hoppedance cries in Tom's belly for two white herring.
Two white herring will underscore the activities of Goneril and Regan, as rebellious children who will bring death upon their father.