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smoke screen

[′smōk ‚skrēn]
A screen of smoke used to hide a maneuver, force, place, or activity.

Smoke Screen


an artificially created cloud of smoke or haze which impedes enemy observations and aimed fire (bombing) and conceals the operations of friendly forces. The effectiveness of a smoke screen depends on meteorological conditions and, above all, wind velocity and direction. Smoke screens may be used for either blinding or camouflaging purposes; they may be employed in frontal, flank, or rear positions, as well as in false directions, and, depending on implementation, may be either mobile or stationary. Smoke screens are created by means of smoke pots, grenades, shells, bombs, and smoke generators mounted either in stationary positions or on motor vehicles, tanks, planes, and ships.

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I would recommend to Mr Batten and those of his ilk that they enjoy the satisfaction of being Welsh and address their literary energies to the real causes of our poor economic health rather than using the language as a smoke-screen.
But let's not use those concerns to throw a smoke-screen around Mr Ahern.
In the black-out, as Michael did the rounds on a motorbike, checking every bin was alight, he took a wrong turning near the GWR goods yard in Davis Street and went into the double doors and was taken to hospital, recovering in time to take the smoke-screen unit to France with the D-Day landings.
There have been accusations that it's a naove exercise, and that the likes of Bono and Bob Geldof are inadvertently helping the politicians to place an even bigger smoke-screen in front of what really needs to be done in Africa to ensure that its people have as much of a chance to lead a healthy and comfortable a life as we do.
After that, it was requisitioned by the Army during the Second World War, when the grounds were used as an experimental station for smoke-screen camouflage.
Rather, they appear to be a smoke-screen attempt to control the price of ferrous scrap and a direct assault on free trade.