lead someone down/up the garden path


lead someone down/up the garden path
lead someone down/up the garden path — see lead, 1
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Main Entry:garden
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lead someone down/up the garden path
informal : to deceive someone : to cause someone to go, think, or proceed wrongly

He believes the average consumer is being led down the garden path by the promises in advertisements.

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Main Entry:lead
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lead someone down/up the garden path — see lead, 1
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Main Entry:path

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • lead someone down the garden path — lead (someone) down the garden path to deceive someone. Our country has been led down the garden path by the politicians in office. Etymology: based on the idea that a path in a garden is very pleasant, so someone who is brought along it can be… …   New idioms dictionary

  • lead down the garden path — lead (someone) down the garden path to deceive someone. Our country has been led down the garden path by the politicians in office. Etymology: based on the idea that a path in a garden is very pleasant, so someone who is brought along it can be… …   New idioms dictionary

  • lead someone up the garden path — If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you, or give you false information that causes you to waste your time. Lead someone down the garden path is also used …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • lead someone up (or down) the garden path — informal give someone misleading clues or signals. → lead …   English new terms dictionary

  • lead someone up the garden path — (informal) DECEIVE, mislead, delude, hoodwink, dupe, trick, entrap, beguile, take in, fool, pull the wool over someone s eyes, gull; informal con, pull a fast one on, string along, take for a ride, put one over on. → garden * * * lead someone up… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lead someone up the garden path —    If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you, or give you false information that causes you to waste your time. Lead someone down the garden path is also used.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Lead someone up the garden path —   If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you, or give you false information that causes you to waste your time. Lead someone down the garden path is also used …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • lead someone down the garden path — verb To deceive, hoodwink They all have been leading us down the garden path about health care …   Wiktionary

  • lead — Ⅰ. lead [1] ► VERB (past and past part. led) 1) cause (a person or animal) to go with one, especially by drawing them along or by preceding them to a destination. 2) be a route or means of access: the street led into the square. 3) (lead to)… …   English terms dictionary

  • lead — lead1 W1S1 [li:d] v past tense and past participle led [led] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(take somebody somewhere)¦ 2¦(go in front)¦ 3¦(be in charge)¦ 4¦(cause something to happen)¦ 5¦(cause somebody to believe something)¦ 6¦(influence)¦ 7¦(be more successful)¦… …   Dictionary of contemporary English