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A clue that is misleading or that has been falsified, intended to divert attention.

“Gall, the guy that does the hyp act is too shrewd, I think, to have committed such a smart murder and left himself with his pants down with no other red herring around.” -- Svengali Kill [1].

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red herringA smoke-cured herring.
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