Red Herring

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

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