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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
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[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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ONCE again, Cllr Anderson is trying to confuse the people of Liverpool with his mirrors and smokescreens approach to cuts in the city council's budgets.
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I would sincerely hope that smokescreens and unnecessary obstacles will not get in the way of this feasibility study.
WEEKEND birthday star is Celtic FC manager Martin O'Neill, born on March 1, 1952, under the sign of Pisces, which is associated with fancy footwork and great adaptability as well as a tendency to vagueness, to putting smokescreens around true plans and motives.
In fact, your mind is optimally receptive to visualization during sleep because all of the smokescreens and distractions of the busy day are absent.
The testing obsession may be another in a series of cultural smokescreens thrown up before more taxing--intellectually and fiscally--social dilemmas.
She reveals the smokescreens perpetrated by skeptics (which includes the oil industry), discusses political red tape, and explores the ramifications of doing nothing.
We are confident that the FDA, Congress and consumers will quickly see through these latest smokescreens.
So WP is perfect for either smokescreens or for illumination at night.