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A smoke-cured and salt-brined herring strong enough to turn the flesh red
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“However they were uncertain as to whether it was the address of one of the suspects or a red herring.”
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Action to confuse or conceal
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A fabricated story or statement, especially one intended to deceive
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A plot element or other device used to catch the audience's attention and maintain suspense, but whose exact nature has fairly little influence over the storyline
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Hopeless case
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A person or thing used to mislead or lure someone into a trap
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Side issue
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The action of turning something aside from its course
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A remark or passage, especially in a play that is intended to be heard only by the audience
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