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lead down

1. Of a path or route, to continue to or end up at some lower point or level. This trail leads down to the lake, while the other one leads up to the peak. That's the highway leading down to Florida—we want the one going to Atlanta.
2. To help someone or an animal physically descend some pathway or route. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lead" and "down." Every morning I lead my grandmother down the stairs to her armchair in the living room, where she likes to eat her breakfast. He held the frightened animal's harness and led it down the steep hill.
3. To guide or direct someone down to a lower point or level. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lead" and "down." Firefighters were leading us down the building during the earthquake. My job was to lead guests down the aisle to their seats for the ceremony.
See also: down, lead

lead someone down (something)

to help someone down something, such as stairs, a steep path, a ladder, etc. The usher led the couple down the aisle and seated them at the front. I am going to the cellar myself. Let me lead you down.
See also: down, lead
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Subsequent chapters present basic Qigong skills and "Essential Practices" that aim to lead one down the path to potentially becoming a Qigong master.
Following these will inevitably give way to pangs of doubt, as they lead one down a narrow and unlit alleyway toward a store selling sunglasses.
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These moments however, are not always positive and if not handled properly, may lead one down the wrong path in life.
However, she perhaps does overlook the readily tapped hostility expressed toward such symbolic advocates of change as "black militants," "feminists," "wobblies," or "communists," which might lead one down another path.
Other paintings have marks like Rorschach blots and lead one down revealing paths of psycho yak-yak.