from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A smoked herring having a reddish color.
- n. Something that draws attention away from the central issue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A smoke-cured and salt-brined herring strong enough to turn the flesh red; a type of kipper.
- n. A clue or information that is or is intended to be misleading, that diverts attention from a question.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the common herring dried and smoked.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus
- n. a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color
- n. any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
They were the most tireless old bores you ever struck, red herring worshippers to a man, asking nothing from me beyond an occasional nod and an instruction to my babu to make a note of that point.
‘Well, so then I was with the Grand Duke,’ explained Leo, drawing a red herring across this painful reflection, ‘and trying to get him to let my wife leave San Juan with us the next day; and Mr Cockrill and Mr Cecil appeared and told us what had happened up on the tower.
The Mailman's time lag is a very real thing, not a red herring at all.