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noun 
  1. A smoke-cured herring.
  2. (idiom) A clue that is misleading or that has been falsified, intended to divert attention (from the use of smoked herrings to mislead hounds following a trail).
"Gall, the guy that does the hyp act is too shrewd, I think, to have committed such a smart murder and left himself with his pants down with no other red herring around." --Svengali Kill http://www.blackmask.com/books19c/svengalikill.htm
Translations: 
  • Dutch: vals spoor , afleidingsmanoeuvre
  • French: diversion
  • German: falsche Fí¤hrte , Nebelkerze (figurative), Ablenkung (general); see also: auf dem Holzweg sein (idiomatic) = being mislead
    (trans-mid)
  • Italian: specchietto per le allodole (idiomatic)

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