throw (one) off the scent

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throw (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 throw 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 threw me off the scent for a while, but I think my research is back on track now.
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throw someone off the scent

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put someone off the scent

If something or someone throws you off the scent or puts you off the scent when you are looking for someone or something, they confuse or deceive you by making you believe something that is not true. We decided that if anyone was following us, it would be wiser if we split up to throw them off the scent. The team was also put off the scent by the alibi Maxine Jones gave Morgan. Officers now accept they should have checked her story more thoroughly. Note: This is a reference to hounds that get distracted from the trail of an animal they are hunting, for example because of another smell.
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A few characters function solely as red herrings to throw you off the scent of the killer, so it's necessary to shape them into relatable characters.
Don't let recent form figures of 532 throw you off the scent. Tim Easterby's sprinter is running at the very top of his game and arrives on the back of rock-solid efforts in defeat over 6f at Ripon and Ayr.
A mixed reaction isn't enough to throw you off the scent. There is time for other stuff today.
| Subscription traps Where people are misled into signing up to subscription services, usually with a free or discounted trial - and scammers then take multiple large payments, often changing their company name to throw you off the scent.
The Nearly Christmas Tours are coming to Bangor's High Street this December with a high energy, exciting hunt for Santa led by a pair of mischievous elves - one will help you find the man in red - the other will throw you off the scent!
Everywhere you turn there are traps and snares to throw you off the scent of your route.
Talking and laughing to throw you off the scent. But see how they shift
Director DJ Caruso delivers a plentiful catch of red herrings to throw you off the scent: all of the men in Illeana's life are tipped as the perpetrator.
Try as you might, you will struggle to find a clock in a public place anywhere in the city and all the casinos seem to have subdued lighting to throw you off the scent as to what time of day it really is.
You will struggle to find a clock in a public place and all the casinos seem to have subdued lighting to throw you off the scent as to what time of day it really is.
Then, as if to throw you off the scent, the quirky pop of Waiting For The Universe is something The Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie would have been proud of.