The British Idiom – Red herring
Definition of Red herring
A red herring is something that misleads or which distracts from the important issue at hand. It is misinformation.
Examples of Usage of Red herring
In “The hound of the Baskervilles”, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses a classic example of a red herring by throwing the reader off the real murderer and onto the escaped convict and the character, Barrymore. The notion of a posteriori necessity cannot carry the burden that this argument requires, and is in fact something of a red herring in this context.
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