Meaning of “throw/put sb off the scent” in the English Dictionary

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"throw/put sb off the scent" in British English

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throw/put sb off the scent

to give someone false or confusing information to prevent them from discovering something that you do not want them to know about

(Definition of “throw/put sb off the scent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)