In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Red Herring.
What does “red herring” mean?
- Herring (pronounced as “hair” + “-ing”) is a type of fish. Dried smoked herring is turned dark red and brown by the smoke.
- “Red herring” is something that distracts attention from a relevant matter or the real issue.
How to use it?
- Use it as a noun.
- Use to to refer to a false clue or a piece of misleading information.
- The clues being invested by the police are all red herrings.
- The defense lawyer threw many red herrings into his arguments, most of which have nothing to do with the case.
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Word of the Day:Misleading: giving the wrong idea, confusing