on the scent of

idiom

: following (an animal or person) by sensing the animal's or person's smell
The dogs was on the scent of a fox.
often used figuratively
The reporter was on the scent of a big story.

Examples of on the scent of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Studies have shown, for example, that people can correctly distinguish the body odor of relatives from non-family members and can even guess the emotional states of others, based just on the scent of their sweat. Holly Barker, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2022 Eau de Minthé reinvents an emblematic perfumery accord, fougère, drawing on the scent of mint. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 But by 1781, when King George III commissioned James Creed to concoct a spritz based on the scent of his favorite gloves, the tables had turned. Town & Country, 3 Mar. 2023 Over the course of an hour, the dogs got on the scent of a female mountain lion and scared her into a tree. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 African giant pouched rats like Magawa, which are much lighter than the roughly 11 pounds required to trigger land mines, are adroit in the minefields and can pick up on the scent of chemical compounds inside these devices. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 Last and dandiest is Roebuck Wright (Jeffrey Wright), a doyen of the Tastes and Smells department, who is hot on the scent of cuisine gendarmique. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2021 Officers have discontinued vehicle and person searches that are conducted based solely on the scent of marijuana. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 7 June 2021 His office also bought a new dog not trained on the scent of marijuana; that dog will be used to detect other drugs. Denise Lavoie, Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2021

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“On the scent of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20scent%20of. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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