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Wag the Dog

The phrase 'Wag the Dog' is used to indicate that attention is purposely being diverted from something of greater importance to something of lesser importance.

Example of Use: “He’s wagging the dog to keep you from discovering the truth about the car wreck.”

Interesting fact about Wag the Dog

The term 'wag the dog' comes from the expression that a dog is smarter than its tail, but if the tail were smarter than the dog, the tail would be in control.