lead with

lead with

1. To begin (something) with someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lead" and "with." Let's lead with the comedian to lighten up the crowd before we bring on the rest of the acts. You should have led with how much money you expect your project to make—the investors would have been much more receptive from the get-go. They led the news with a story about the president's visit to India.
2. To choose a particular athlete or group of athletes with whom to begin a competition or sporting event. The team is leading with their star batter. In a surprise move, the coach is leading with the youngest members of the team for kickoff.
3. In boxing, to use a particular hand or type of punch when beginning an attack. Your next opponent tends to lead with his left, so you'll want to adapt your stance to be better able to dodge it. He led with a quick jab before connecting a devastating uppercut.
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lead someone or something (away) (from someone or something)

to direct or guide someone or something away from someone or something. The officer led the victim's wife away from the accident. The trainer led away the dog from the other animals. We led them away.

lead with someone or something

to start out with someone or something. The coach led with Walter as pitcher and Sam on first base. We will lead with our best players.
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lead with something

to tend to strike first with a particular fist—the right, the left, the best, etc. (Boxing.) Watch that guy, Champ, he always leads with his right. Get in there and lead with your left.
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lead

/take down the garden path
To mislead or deceive (another).
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When the Europeans said industry must get rid of lead, they didn't say you must replace lead with something that is obviously safer," he notes wryly.
Seidl implanted the QuickSite(TM) 1056K lead with an Epic(TM) HF ICD, the world's smallest high-voltage cardiac resynchronization device.
Many of the epidemiologic studies that relate lead with cancer have been conducted in occupational settings; no previous study is known to have examined the association between lead and cancer in the general population.
Comparison of the amount of steady-state lead with the lead accumulated biweekly (Figure 2) and the rapid rate of lead abrasion found during the degradation study indicate that lead deposited in a busy street is rapidly worn away, to the extent that a significant fraction of the amount deposited would not be found in the biweekly surveys.
The commission did ask candle manufacturers to replace lead with zinc.