red herring

Definition of "red herring"
  1. An issue, often irrelevant, used to distract from the main points of a case
How to use "red herring" in a sentence
  1. The defendant's lawyer drew a red herring across the witness's argument, causing confusion in the court.
  2. To change the narrative, the lawyer used a red herring, shifting focus away from his client's actions.
  3. The red herring did its job, causing the jury to question the relevance of the key evidence presented.

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