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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He doesn't understand why he had to fly all the way back to Boston to be informed of the assignment, and then he's passed a threatening note designed to throw him off the trail, but which has the opposite effect.