lead (someone) down/up the garden path

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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.

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“Lead (someone) down/up the garden path.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20%28someone%29%20down%2Fup%20the%20garden%20path. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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