put (one) off the scent

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put (one) off the scent

To misdirect one away from their pursuit; to steer one's investigation or suspicions in the wrong direction. The mafia accountant managed to put the authorities off the scent of the mob's money laundering for years, but they finally caught up with him after an anonymous source tipped them off. That outlier data put me off the scent for a while, but I think my research is back on track now.
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put someone off the scent

Fig. to distract someone or a group from following a scent or trail. (From put a dog off the scent; the scent or trail can be purely figurative. (See also put someone off the track.) The clever maneuvers of the bandits put the sheriffs posse off the scent. The mob laundered the drug money to try to put investigators off the trail.
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put (or throw) someone off the scent

mislead someone in the course of a search or investigation.
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Whit's determination to travel to Milton Keynes and get to the bottom of it resulted in Tiff faking a panic attack and running out in front of a car to put her off the scent.
But a lump of twisted metal embedded in her shoulder is not going to put her off the scent.
He can't believe Geena recognises him and he does his best to put her off the scent, but she's determined to book him for a ladies' night at the Rovers.
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