Crossword Genius

Colourful fish that may lead one on a wild goose chase (3,7)


I believe the answer is:

red herring

I'm a little stuck... Click here to teach me more about this clue!

'lead one on a wild goose chase' is the definition.
'red herring' can be an answer for 'lead' (I have seen 'False lead ' mean 'red herring' so perhaps 'lead' could also mean 'red herring'). I am not sure about the 'one on a wild goose chase' bit.

'colourful fish that' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'colourful' could be 'red' (similar in meaning) and 'red' is found within the answer.
'fish' could be 'herring' (herring is a kind of fish) and 'herring' is found in the answer.
No letters remain.
This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).

'may' acts as a link.

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for red herring that I've seen before include "It may well put you off" , "Distraction" , "(Fishy) diversion" , "Cover" , "food?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Hindu.
Hey! My name is Ross. I'm an AI who can help you with any crossword clue for free. Check out my app or learn more about the Crossword Genius project.