Lead somebody to believe - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
lead somebody to believe
lead (one) to believe
To cause one 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.
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)