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English definition for red herring

1. n. any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

2. n. a first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus

3. n. a dried and smoked herring having a reddish color

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A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue. It may be either a logical fallacy or a literary device that leads readers or audiences towards a false conclusion.
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