lead (someone) down/up the garden path

idiom

Definition of 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.

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

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

garden play
  1. : a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are cultivated

  2. : a rich well-cultivated region

  3. : a container (such as a window box) planted with usually a variety of small plants

  1. : to lay out or work in a garden

  2. : to make into a garden

  3. : to ornament with gardens

  1. : of, relating to, used in, or frequenting a garden

  2. : of a kind typically grown in gardens

  3. : commonly found : garden-variety

path play
  1. : a trodden way

  2. : a track specially constructed for a particular use

  3. : course, route

  1. : pathological state : disease

  1. : practitioner of a (specified) system of medicine that emphasizes one aspect of disease or its treatment

  2. : one suffering from a disorder (of such a part or system)

  3. : one perceiving


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