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Noun: red herring  red he-ring
  1. Any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue
  2. A dried and smoked herring having a reddish colour
    - smoked herring
  3. A first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus
    "because some portions of the cover page are printed in red ink a preliminary prospectus is sometimes called a red herring";
    - preliminary prospectus

Derived forms: red herring

Type of: course catalog [US], course catalogue, deflection, deflexion [Brit], deviation, digression, divagation, diversion, herring, prospectus

Encyclopedia: Red herring