put off the scent

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Related to put off the scent: throw off the scent
See: misdirect
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After hearing the suspect accused of damaging his beloved BMW had skipped Britain for Australia he refused to be put off the scent.
Readers of Cesaire need initially to be put off the scent before they can begin to make sense of the poem, since not making sense is one of the ways in which the poem signifies.
But he was immediately put off the scent when he called at the villain's home and found his wife in black and a hearse pulling up at the door.