throw (someone) off the trail

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throw (someone) off the trail

To misdirect someone away from their point of pursuit; to steer someone's investigation or suspicions in the wrong direction. The mafia accountant had been throwing the authorities off the trail of the mob's money laundering for years. My husband has some suspicions about our affair, but the trip I'm taking for work will throw him off the trail.
See also: off, throw, trail
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Voight realises he used them as a diversion to throw them off the trail.
Police revealed they are also investigating the possibility that the killer dumped Thomas' bike and then took his body to Thetford in a bid to throw them off the trail.
But Sarah Jessica is a savvy woman and she puts on an Irish accent to try and throw them off the trail.