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Explanation: More context would help. It could also be translated as "to distract".
"3. Also, throw or put off the scent. Distract, divert, or mislead, as in A mistaken estimate threw off her calculations, or These clues were designed to throw the detective off the scent. The variant comes from hunting, where the quarry may try to put pursuing hounds off the scent. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1800s."
Rebecca Hendry United Kingdom Local time: 17:48 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 56
3 mins confidence: peer agreement (net): +2
mislead the police
Explanation: Otra alternativa
Sofia Aldunate Chile Local time: 13:48 Specializes in field Native speaker of: Spanish PRO pts in category: 20
Muchas gracias, sofía
1 hr confidence: peer agreement (net): +1
to throw them off their track
Explanation: They did it to throw the police off their track.
Lo más fiel al original ya que "pista" significa "track.
Reed James Chile Local time: 13:48 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 60