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red herring -- as in: distracted with a red herring
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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
  • "Charles says I’m not one thing or the other, not flesh nor fowl nor good red herring."
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • As a red herring.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day

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  • It worried me that they’d stopped talking about drugs — Boris’s red herring—and had moved on to other angles.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The mayor’s argument was a red herring.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • They placed red herrings across the ruins-chemical glowsticks that gave off human-size pockets of heat-and covered the windows of their building with sheets of black Mylar.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • ’But I don’t like the carving-knife, Mr. Hindley,’ I answered; ’it has been cutting red herrings.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Further to confuse the issue, a red herring was drawn across the trail-the mythical woman in the red kimono.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The spectacular incident of the stones serves as a kind of red herring in this respect.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie

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  • —Nor good red herring, says Joe.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Or do you suppose this is a red herring and that the abandonment of the gold standard is at the root of the matter?
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Fish or flesh or good red herring?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Toss in a red herring to confuse the issue.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • A red herring, Mike thought, a red herring for sure.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • A red herring.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • No, no, I have no liking for bears and wolves, though a whale, in my eye, is very much the same sort of fish as a red herring after it is dried and salted.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • He asked this member of the fraternity (who had two red herrings in his hand, and a loaf and a blacking brush under his arm), where was the nearest place to get a cup of coffee at.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • SIR P: One is, and that I care not greatly who knows, to serve the state Of Venice with red herrings for three years, And at a certain rate, from Rotterdam, Where I have correspendence.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • It was his idea to puff a few puffs on a Camel (after the rubbing-out), stub it out in the ashtray holding her lipstick-stained Luckies, and thus drag a small red herring across the trail.
    James Thurber  --  The Catbird Seat
  • God knows what kind of red-herring Powell’s following, but it’s away from you.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • There, according to the report of one of his colleagues at the Illinois bar, Lincoln warned that Douglas and his followers would frighten men away from the very idea of freedom with their incessant mouthing of the red-herring epithet: "Abolitionist!"
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • Wasn’t the whole ’let him make the wrong assumptions’ thing your plan? I think I provided a very nice red herring, if I do say so myself."
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I like The Hound of the Baskervilles because it is a detective story, which means that there are clues and Red Herrings.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • "Mamma," said Rosamond, "when Fred comes down I wish you would not let him have red herrings.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Ammu said that the kathakali dancer was a Red Herring and had nothing to do with anything.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Either that or it was a Red Herring, which is a clue which makes you come to a wrong conclusion or something which looks like a clue but isn’t.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • And these are some of the Red Herrings Sherlock Holmes and Watson are followed when they are in London by a man in a coach with a black beard.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • A red herring, Mike thought, a red herring for sure.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • She recited in a meaning voice: "Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Actually mentioning a red herring in the verse.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He took the red herring all right.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Armstrong’s death is associated with a "red herring" which he swallowed-or rather which resulted in swallowing him!
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • 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.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • She went on: "A red herring-that’s the vital clue.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He was still quite unsuspicious-and yet he ought to have been warned— If he had only remembered the words of the nursery rhyme, "A red herring swallowed one .
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
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