lead back

lead back

1. Of a path or route, to continue to one's point of origin. I think this trail will lead back to our campsite. There are a few roads leading back to New Jersey, but this one is definitely the fastest.
2. To guide or direct someone or something to some point of origin. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lead" and "back." We've set up markers along these rocks to help lead hikers back to the proper trail. The dense network of nerves lead the signal back to the brain at incredible speeds.
See also: back, lead

lead someone or something back (to someone or something)

to guide someone or something back to someone or something. Someone will have to lead me back to camp. I just know I'll get lost if I go by myself. The park ranger led back the hikers to their tent. I will lead them back.
See also: back, lead

lead back (to some place)

[for a pathway] to return to a place. This path leads back to the camp. I hope it leads back. It seems to be going the wrong way.
See also: back, lead
References in classic literature ?
Besides," thought I, "all roads lead back to Europe; and the unicorn may be amiable enough to hurry me towards the coast of France.
The visitors could have taken a priceless lead back to south Yorkshire, had Jason Price not fluffed his lines in front of goal in the second half.
Dominguez answered with a run capped by a pair of free-throws by Watkins to extend the lead back to 10 with 1:43 left in the half.
In the Foreword to deSilva, James Charlesworth cites six outstanding features of the book: its use of information from the Dead Sea Scrolls; its employment of social-scientific and other current methodologies; its explanation of theodicy in this literature; its demonstration that these works are commentaries on Scripture; its proof that the New Testament was often responding to contemporary Jewish works; and its argument that the roots of Jesus' teaching lead back into the soil of this Early Jewish theology.
The path is led by the quarterback, the backside guard and a lead back.
Another path, and one which is more likely to preserve unity and good faith, would lead back to the negotiating table, working with the General Synod and the federal government for an ADR process that the council can endorse to its people.
TWO-goal Claudio Reyna gave Rangers their fourth victory on the trot last night as Dick Advocaat's side cut Celtic's title lead back to seven points.
The realistically designed surface does not lead back to the individual or to the author; it is rather the result of abstraction: a standardization in dealing with constructions of the self.
These generalizations in turn lead back to Shaftesbury and Lessing, giving historical context to their negative criticisms.
Newbury Park drove to the Rio Mesa 13 with less than four minutes left in the game trying to take the lead back.
The ISO play hits quicker than the belly or counter plays, and we now have a lead back.
Suspended in the photographic image--which promises to sustain them beyond death, yet sever their connection with life--these frozen body parts, plants, and splashes of water continually lead back to the artist as the transformative force of the "real," that person who is able to fix in a "decisive moment" the truest, and most beautiful, aspect of the thing itself.
Alabama built the lead back to 81-71 with a 13-4 run, but Marquette still had something left.
King still had something left, scoring scored five straight points over the next 90 seconds to cut the lead back to 61-59.