White herring

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

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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. Croak not, black angel; I have no food for thee.
Two white herring will underscore the activities of Goneril and Regan, as rebellious children who will bring death upon their father.