Meaning of smoke and mirrors in English:

smoke and mirrors


North American
  • The obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information.

    ‘the budget process is an exercise in smoke and mirrors’
    • ‘The truth here is not even obscured with the usual smoke and mirrors.’
    • ‘Would you believe that all this ‘informed’ blather is just smoke and mirrors?’
    • ‘Major accounting firms were all too happy to be deceived by corporate smoke and mirrors, as long as they got lucrative consulting contracts.’
    • ‘And I think what's going on here is smoke and mirrors and not science.’
    • ‘Maybe no one would quite believe that he had no designs on the top job, but politics is all smoke and mirrors.’


    With reference to illusion created by conjuring tricks.