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    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 16
    #1

    Red herring

    Hi,

    Recently I came across the following idiomatic expression:
    "your problem is a red herring"
    Could anybody, please, explain the meaning of the sentence, as well as provide other examples using this expression?

    Thank you in advance,
    Olichka

  1. #2

    Re: Red herring

    A red herring is a misleading object.

    I thought that rolex was real but it was a red herring (i.e. fake)


    • Join Date: Jun 2007
    • Posts: 556
    #3

    Re: Red herring

    Misleading, but in the sense of a false clue, not a counterfeit. I believe the expression comes from the idea of a fish being dragged across a trail to throw off pursuing dogs (they would be confused by the smell).

    "The offshore account was just a red herring and contained only a few thousand dollars; the embezzling bank president had converted the bulk of the stolen funds to gold, hidden in a suitcase under his bed."

    [not a teacher]


    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 16
    #4

    Re: Red herring

    Thank you very much for your explanations. Now it's clear!


    • Join Date: Jun 2007
    • Posts: 556
    #5

    Re: Red herring

    You're very welcome :)

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