A term used to describe a guy/girl who you're going out with/fucking just to get over someone else you can't get.
Red herrings were often used to mislead hound dogs; the expression refers to something that is misleading.
Therefore - you try to convince yourself that you like someone (to mislead you/lead you away from the person you actually like), and call him/her your 'red herring'.
A: I'm so in love with him but he's dating someone :(
B: I'm so sorry :( what are you going to do?
A: I think I might go for Tony.
B: Tony? Why! Do you even like him?!
A: Nah, but he'll just be my red herring.
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