throw someone off the scent

throw someone off the scent
throw (someone) off the scent to give someone false or confusing information so that they will not discover something.

The police were thrown off the scent for a while by two of the witnesses, who were found later to be lying.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of throw a dog off the scent (= to cause a dog to lose the smell that leads it to a person or animal)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • throw (someone) off the scent — put/throw (someone) off the scent if you throw someone off the scent, you give them false or confusing information to try to stop them discovering something. The police were thrown off the scent for a while by false evidence given by two of the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • put (someone) off the scent — put/throw (someone) off the scent if you throw someone off the scent, you give them false or confusing information to try to stop them discovering something. The police were thrown off the scent for a while by false evidence given by two of the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • throw off the scent — throw (someone) off the scent to give someone false or confusing information so that they will not discover something. The police were thrown off the scent for a while by two of the witnesses, who were found later to be lying. Etymology: based on …   New idioms dictionary

  • throw 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw someone off — SHAKE OFF, get away from, escape, elude, give someone the slip, throw off the scent, dodge, lose. → throw …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw — throw1 [ θrou ] (past tense threw [ θru ] ; past participle thrown [ θroun ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 send object through air ▸ 2 put quickly & carelessly ▸ 3 move (someone/something) suddenly ▸ 4 be forced to go to place ▸ 5 look etc. in direction ▸ 6… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • throw off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms throw off : present tense I/you/we/they throw off he/she/it throws off present participle throwing off past tense threw off past participle thrown off 1) to quickly remove a piece of clothing Dieter threw off… …   English dictionary

  • shake someone off — GET AWAY FROM, escape, elude, dodge, lose, leave behind, get rid of, give someone the slip, throw off the scent; Brit. informal get shot of. → shake * * * get away from someone by shaking their grip loose ■ manage to evade or outmaneuver someone… …   Useful english dictionary

  • throw — 1 verb past threw past participle thrown 1 THROW A BALL/STONE ETC (I, T) to make an object such as a ball move quickly through the air by moving your hand quickly: throw sth at/to/towards etc: Someone threw a stone at the car. | Cromartie throws… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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