English version

somebody’s trail/scent is cold

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsomebody’s trail/scent is coldsomebody’s trail/scent is coldTRAIL/SCENTLONG TIMEused to say that you cannot find someone because it has been too long since they passed or lived in a particular place I tracked the boy as far as the factory, but there his trail went cold. cold
Examples from the Corpus
somebody’s trail/scent is coldThe trail seemed cold until a woman in Mississippi recognized Pearson's face in a wanted poster.
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