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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References in classic literature ?
There are o end of rumours which I won't mention to you, for they might only put you off the scent.
Sep 23-Oct 23 LIBRA YOU need to stop being suspicious about the advice people give you, although that's probably just the sort of thing I would say to put you off the scent, isn't it?
We've put you off the scent by giving you his real name instead of his showbiz name - can you name the Corne character?
Although disappointingly back-run by Do Your Turn last week, don't let that put you off the scent.
When you are looking at official documents (or transcriptions) and you fail to find a person you are searching for, be aware that variations in spelling can put you off the scent.