put someone off the scent

put someone off the scent
throw/put someone/off the scent phrase
to do something to try to prevent someone from discovering the truth

Detectives were thrown off the scent after evidence was destroyed.

Thesaurus: to pretend something is not happening or is not the casesynonym
Main entry: scent

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put (or throw) someone off the scent
mislead someone in the course of a search or investigation

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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