lead (someone) a merry chase

Definition of lead (someone) a merry chase

US, old-fashioned

  1. :  to cause a series of troubles or worries for (someone) He led me a merry chase before I finally got him to agree to a meeting.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  to direct on a course or in a direction

    :  to serve as a channel for

  1. :  leadership

    :  example, precedent

    :  position at the front :  vanguard

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

  1. :  a plummet for sounding at sea

    :  a usually flat lead roof

    :  lead framing for panes in windows

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

    :  to fix (window glass) in position with leads

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

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

merryplay
  1. :  giving pleasure :  delightful

    :  full of gaiety or high spirits :  mirthful

    :  marked by festivity or gaiety

chaseplay
  1. :  the act of chasing :  pursuit

    :  an earnest or frenzied seeking after something desired

    :  something pursued :  quarry

  1. :  to follow rapidly :  pursue

    :  hunt

    :  to follow regularly or persistently with the intention of attracting or alluring

  1. :  to ornament (metal) by indenting with a hammer and tools without a cutting edge

    :  to make by such indentation

    :  to set with gems

  1. :  groove, furrow

    :  the bore of a cannon

    :  trench

  1. :  a rectangular steel or iron frame in which letterpress matter is locked (as for printing)


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