Synonyms of red herring


1. red herring, diversion, deviation, digression, deflection, deflexion, divagation

usage: any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

2. red herring, smoked herring, herring

usage: a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color

3. preliminary prospectus, red herring, course catalog, course catalogue, prospectus

usage: a first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus; "because some portions of the cover page are printed in red ink a preliminary prospectus is sometimes called a red herring"

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