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 Red Heads.Red Herring. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Red Herring (The)
of a novel is a hint or statement in the early part of the story to put the reader on the wrong scent. In all detective stories a red herring is trailed across the scent. The allusion is to trailing a red herring on the ground to destroy the scent and set the dogs at fault. A “red herring” is a herring dried and smoked.   1

 Red Heads.Red Herring. 


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