English version

red herring

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishred herringˌred ˈherring noun [countable]  UNIMPORTANTa fact or idea that is not important but is introduced to take your attention away from the points that are importantdistraction
Examples from the Corpus
red herringAccording to Mattel, antitrust issues were a red herring.Meg's determination not to see her; her red herring about the mysterious proposal of marriage.
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