lead (one) to believe

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lead (one) to believe

To cause someone to believe something, especially if it is untrue. The sales agent led me to believe I would continue paying the lower price if I signed up for the TV service, but when I got my first bill I learned that wasn't the case. He led us to believe he had a graduate degree in economics. Turns out he didn't even graduate from high school.
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lead someone to believe something

Fig. to imply something to someone; to cause someone to believe something untrue. But you led me to believe that this watch was guaranteed! Did you lead her to believe that she was hired as a clerk?
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lead somebody to beˈlieve (that...)

make somebody think something is true, usually wrongly: I was led to believe that I didn’t need a visa to enter the country, and now it appears that I do.She led me to believe that she was a student, but she wasn’t. OPPOSITE: put/set somebody straight (about/on something)
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Deputies also said they smelled a strong chemical odor and saw several items leading them to believe a lab was located inside the home.
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The Information charges that SPANO defrauded the banks by leading them to believe that he was an extremely wealthy individual, qualified to purchase the hockey team for approximately $165 million and capable of carrying the team's operating losses during an anticipated period of rebuilding.