red herring

noun

1. A clue that misleads a person into focusing on the wrong thing. 2. A magazine about startups popular around the time of the dot-com bubble (now out of print)

Example: 1. It turned out that our website went offline because of a bad DNS entry and the unit test failure was just a red herring. 2. Pets.com was on the cover of Red Herring again this month

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