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Definition 1: any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue - [noun denoting act]

(red herring is a kind of ...) a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)

"a diversion from the main highway" "a digression into irrelevant details" "a deflection from his goal"

Definition 2: a first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where red herring or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • because some portions of the cover page are printed in red ink a preliminary prospectus is sometimes called a red herring

Synonyms for red herring in the sense of this definition

(red herring is a kind of ...) a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university

Definition 3: a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color - [noun denoting food]

Synonyms for red herring in the sense of this definition

(red herring is a kind of ...) valuable flesh of fatty fish from shallow waters of northern Atlantic or Pacific; usually salted or pickled

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