lead someone down the garden path

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lead someone down the garden path

  1. (idiomatic) To mislead, deceive, hoodwink, or seduce.
    They all have been leading us down the garden path about health care.
    • 1969, Erich Kästner, Lisa and Lottie:
      "You're a pair of conspiring females," he growled. ""A fine couple of contriving minxes! You've even led my Peterkin up the garden path."

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