a smoke-cured herring; a clue that is misleading
or that has been falsified, intended to divert attention (from the use of smoked herrings to mislead hounds following a trail)
""Gall, the guy that does the hyp act is too shrewd
, I think, to have commit
ted such a smart murder and left himself with his pants down
with no other red herring around." --Svengali Kill"