from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A smoked herring having a reddish color.
- noun Something that draws attention away from the matter being discussed or dealt with.
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- noun A smoke-cured and salt-brined herring strong enough to turn the flesh red; a type of
- noun figuratively A clue or information that is or is intended to be
misleading, that diverts attention from a question.
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- noun a first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus
- noun a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color
- noun any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Sense 2, probably from the use of smoked herrings to lay scent trails for hounds to follow.]
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Until 2008, the accepted etymology of the idiom was that red herring were used to train dogs to track scents. This has proven to be a false etymology.
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