lead (someone) a (merry) dance

idiom

Definition of lead (someone) a (merry) dance

British, old-fashioned
: to cause a series of troubles or worries for (someone)
  • He led me a merry dance before I finally got him to agree to a meeting.

Word by Word Definitions

lead play
  1. : to guide on a way especially by going in advance

  2. : to direct on a course or in a direction

  3. : to serve as a channel for

  1. : leadership

  2. : example, precedent

  3. : position at the front : vanguard

  1. : acting or serving as a lead (see 2lead) or leader

  1. : a bluish-white soft malleable ductile plastic but inelastic heavy metallic element found mostly in combination and used especially in pipes, cable sheaths, batteries, solder, and shields against radioactivity — see Chemical Elements Table

  2. : a plummet for sounding at sea

  3. : a usually flat lead roof

  1. : to cover, line, or weight with lead (see 4lead)

  2. : to fix (window glass) in position with leads

  3. : to put space between the lines of (typeset matter)

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

merry play
  1. : giving pleasure : delightful

  2. : full of gaiety or high spirits : mirthful

  3. : marked by festivity or gaiety

dance play
  1. : to move one's body rhythmically usually to music : to engage in or perform a dance (see 2dance 2)

  2. : to move or seem to move up and down or about in a quick or lively manner

  3. : to perform or take part in as a dancer

  1. : an act or instance of moving one's body rhythmically usually to music : an act or instance of dancing (see 1dance 1)

  2. : a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music

  3. : a social gathering for dancing


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