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red herring
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red herring -- as in: distracted with a red herring
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  • "Mamma," said Rosamond, "when Fred comes down I wish you would not let him have red herrings.

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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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