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.
See also: off, put, scent

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.
See also: off, put, scent

put (or throw) someone off the scent

mislead someone in the course of a search or investigation.
See also: off, put, scent, someone

put/throw somebody off the ˈscent

give somebody false information to prevent them from finding out or knowing something: I threw the police off the scent by pretending I was in Mexico City on the day of the crime.
Animals such as dogs follow the scent (= smell) of other animals, especially when hunting.
See also: off, put, scent, somebody, throw
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There were days when I just couldn't face talking to anybody, pretending I was busy to put them off the scent of what I was going through.
Time and again, knowing exactly what you were doing to him, both of you concealed your conduct from the authorities by a series of deliberate and elaborate lies, designed to put them off the scent and to prevent them discovering Daniel's true plight.
As Arsene Wenger recognises, when Chelsea come calling - for Ashley Cole or anybody else - it's difficult to put them off the scent.
Spanish-born Juan Pujol Garcia was a double agent recruited by MI5 to feed the Germans false information and put them off the scent of the planned invasion.
I put them off the scent by saying I was going teetotal for a bet.
Put them off the scent - Spiders don't like the smell of citrus fruits like lemon, plus eucalyptus, tea-tree and peppermint oils.
When sentencing the couple, from Coventry, trial judge Mrs Justice Cox told them: "Time and again, knowing exactly what you were doing to him, both of you concealed your conduct from the authorities by a series of deliberate and elaborate lies, designed to put them off the scent and to prevent them discovering Daniel's true plight.
With 59 minutes still to go, amiable host Brian McFadden hastily put them off the scent.
As she sentenced the pair to serve a minimum of 30 years behind bars, Mrs Justice Laura Cox said: "Time and again, knowing exactly what you were doing to him, both of you concealed your conduct from the authorities by a series of deliberate and elaborate lies, designed to put them off the scent and to prevent them discovering Daniel's true plight.
We all think it has been a decoy to put them off the scent.
But detectives later said the claim was a plot orchestrated by McAteer to put them off the scent.
They assume the CIA people are poachers and do their best to put them off the scent of the crocodile which they are trying to relocate.
You falsified accounts when people tried to check up on you and you put them off the scent.
Many MPs were furious last week when Tony Blair's trouble-shooter Peter Mandelson tried to put them off the scent.
I always feel a bit guilty that I look like I'm buying them for myself when I do still have my own teeth, so feel the need to make small comments to the cashier to put them off the scent, such as "ooh, they love biscuits don't they, little ones" and "mine can't get enough of these children's banana flavour crisscrosses".
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