throw off

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To introduce errors or inaccuracies; to skew

The dirt in the apparatus threw off the results.

To confuse; especially, to lose a pursuer

I never saw her without glasses before, so it threw me off when she got contact lenses.

If you throw off people who are chasing you or trying to find you, you do something unexpected that makes them unable to catch you or find you. He is said to have thrown off pursuers by pedaling across the Wisconsin state line He tried to throw police off the track of his lover
If something throws off a substance, it produces it and releases it into the air. The belt may make a squealing noise and throw off sooty black particles of rubber = give off
get rid of; "I couldn't shake the car that was following me"
get rid of; "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"
get rid of, free oneself from; mislead, misdirect; cause a diversion (used in combination, e.g. "The robber used a disguise to throw the policemen off his trail.")
If you throw off something that is restricting you or making you unhappy, you get rid of it. a country ready to throw off the shackles of its colonial past One day depression descended upon him, and wherever he went after that he could never throw it off. = cast off
throw off balance
To unsettle, to catch by surprise
throw off the trail
To misguide
throw off one's mask
expose oneself, remove one's disguise
throw someone off the scent
(deyim) If you throw someone off the scent, you give them false or confusing information to try to stop them discovering something Usage notes: A scent is a smell produced by an animal which can act as a signal to other animals trying to find or follow it
throw one off the scent
mislead, lead astray, deceive
A start in a hunt or a race
throw off