HumVee deploying smokescreen, pic:

Since we are on the topic of smoke today, here is another expression using smoke: smokescreen (or smoke screen).

The term was originally used by the military and means quite literally what it implies: a screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements and as such gives cover and protection.

The term is also used outside the military and means an action or statement that intends to conceal or confuse or obscure actual plans or intentions.  Smokescreens are frequently used in politics – at least that is my impression and I might be a bit jaded.

Here are some examples of headlines using the word smokescreen:

Drugstore tobacco sale ban is a smokes screen (The Herald News article here)

Lawyer calls charges against Sen. Orie ‘a smokescreen’ – the article is here

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