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red herring -- as in: distracted with a red herring
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  • —Nor good red herring, says Joe.
  • Because he more than suspected he had his father’s voice to bank his hopes on which it was quite on the cards he had so it would be just as well, by the way no harm, to trail the conversation in the direction of that particular red herring just to.

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  • I think she raised the issue as a red herring.
  • His disappearance is just a red herring across the track.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None

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