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Definition of red herring

red herring

noun

  • an argument used to distract someone from the real issue
    Some people say that using ethanol as a fuel is just a red herring distracting people from the real issues of oil dependency and that what we really need is a complete replacement for fossil based fuels.

    Last edited on Dec 16 2010. Submitted by Storm R. from Northern, San Diego, CA, USA on Aug 09 2008.

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