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smoke·screen

or smoke screen  (smōk′skrēn′)
n.
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.
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smoke screen

n
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
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smoke′ screen`


n.
1. a mass of dense smoke produced to conceal an area, vessel, or plane from the enemy.
2. something intended to disguise, conceal, or deceive.
[1910–15]
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smoke screen

A cloud of smoke used to conceal ground maneuver, obstacle breaching, recovery operations, and amphibious assault operations as well as key assembly areas, supply routes, and logistic facilities.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.smoke screen - (military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movementssmoke screen - (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.smoke screen - 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
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Translations

smoke screen

n (Mil) (fig) → cortina fumogena
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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