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red herring
used in And Then There Were None

8 uses
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Definition
any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
  • His disappearance is just a red herring across the track.
    p. 225.6
red herring = any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
  • Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
    p. 31.7
  • She recited in a meaning voice: "Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three."
    p. 225.3
  • She went on: "A red herring-that's the vital clue.
    p. 225.4
  • Actually mentioning a red herring in the verse.
    p. 226.2
  • 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 .
    p. 271.6
  • He took the red herring all right.
    p. 271.6
  • Armstrong's death is associated with a "red herring" which he swallowed-or rather which resulted in swallowing him!
    p. 274.4

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