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  • n. Smoke used as a disguise, mask or cover, as of troops in battle.
  • n. Anything used metaphorically to conceal or distract.

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  • n. an action intended to conceal or confuse or obscure
  • n. (military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements

Etymologies

From smoke + screen (Wiktionary)

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  • v.t. form a smoke-screen over

    'I did not write the book,' he replied every time, a Gauloise smokescreening his white polo-necked sweater and mustachioed smile.
    — Julian Barnes, 1996, 'Gnossienne', in Cross Channel

    July 11, 2008