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lead (someone or something) away

To guide someone or something in a direction away (from someone or something else). After the judge issued the sentence, the bailiff led the defendant away. I dug a path that would lead the rain water away from the construction site.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


/take down the garden path
To mislead or deceive (another).
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Indulgence in the material world does lead one away from the spiritual world.
All other paths lead one away from, rather than towards, the truth.
Bad rhetoric (and politics) will always be with us, seducing with their ability to lead one away from the real work of actualized being in the world.
The self at the center of this doubt is not, Sorell argues, a solipsistic self, but a (quite un-Aristotelian) species-less self, that is, a non-human serf, and thus a self not encumbered by the things (for example, the senses) which lead one away from discovering the true nature of the world.
True, theoretical issues can take on a life of their own and lead one away from Brown, Driver, and Briggs (see 28), but sometimes such departures are due to the importance of the theoretical issues under discussion.