false scent

a) A scent laid down to distract a predator that hunts by smell from the scent trail of its prey.
b) A misleading expectation created by ambiguous writing <!-

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  • scent — n. & v. n. 1 a distinctive, esp. pleasant, smell (the scent of hay). 2 a a scent trail left by an animal perceptible to hounds etc. b clues etc. that can be followed like a scent trail (lost the scent in Paris). c the power of detecting or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • scent — scent1 [ sent ] noun * 1. ) count a particular smell, especially a pleasant one: an apple with a rich flavor and scent The sweet fresh scent of newly baked bread filled the house. a ) count or uncount the smell that an animal or person has, which …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scent — I UK [sent] / US noun Word forms scent : singular scent plural scents * 1) a) [countable] a particular smell, especially a pleasant one an apple with a rich flavour and scent The sweet fresh scent of newly baked bread filled the house. b)… …   English dictionary

  • scent — n. track, trail 1) to have; follow; pick up a (the) scent (the dogs picked up the scent) 2) to leave a scent 3) a cold; false; hot scent 4) (misc.) to throw smb. off the scent intuition 5) a scent for (a scent for news) odor 6) a faint; pungent… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • scent — scent1 [sent] n 1.) a pleasant smell that something has = ↑fragrance ▪ a yellow rose with a lovely scent scent of ▪ the sweet scent of ripe fruit 2.) the smell of a particular animal or person that some other animals, for example dogs, can follow …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • scent — 1 noun 1 (C) a pleasant smell that something has: the scent of roses 2 (C) the smell of a particular animal or person that some other animals, for example dogs, can follow: on the scent (=following this smell): The hounds were soon on the stag s… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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 (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 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 …   New idioms dictionary

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