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wrong scent, to be on the

To follow a false trail or track. This term, which comes from hunting with hounds, was already being used figuratively in Shakespeare’s time. Laurence Sterne used it in Tristram Shandy (1705): “Tristram found he was up on a wrong scent.”
See also: on, wrong
References in classic literature ?
When these fellows are at fault they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent. They lay all the evidence before me, and I am generally able, by the help of my knowledge of the history of crime, to set them straight.
I was on the right scent, but I guess I did it badly.
"That's better," cried the abbe; "now we are on the right scent. Did you take anybody with you when you put into the port of Elba?"
But getting the right scent is not as easy as picking one off the shelves - there's a science behind it that one must understand.
"I had to do a lot of research, finding out about the scents he used, and also talking with some of the people who used to work with him to get as close to the right scent as possible," he added.
According to Rachel ten Brink, chief marketing officer and co-founder of Scentbird, New York, there is no "signature scent," only the "right scent" in the right moment.
Candles can also brighten up a room and can boost your mood if you choose the right scent.
So many bottles and smells and you are armed only with your nose to pick out the right scent.
Infrared cameras monitor your mood; essential oil dispensers are present in your home, car and office to produce the right scent for the right mood.
It really comes down to using the right scent at the right time." says Mike Madly with Code Blue Scents.
"I've always loved the feeling that comes from finding the right scent and the way it can say so much about a person.
Simply expanding your coverage area with the right scent combinations can make a monumental difference during the rut.
CHEERING UP: The right scent is essential for the centaur.