lead (one) astray

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lead (one) astray

1. To lead one in the wrong direction; to cause one to be lost or in the wrong place. I'm afraid the GPS led us astray. We should have turned right back there. It was only when we saw the waterfall again that we realized our guide had been leading us astray.
2. To misdirect one into error. A few false positives led me astray at first, but I think I have a good idea of the data trends now.
3. To negatively influence one; to influence one to make poor choices. I just hope this new group that my son is hanging out with doesn't lead him astray.
See also: astray, lead

lead someone astray

to direct or guide someone in the wrong direction. I am afraid that this young man has been leading you astray. I think you had better stop seeing him. No one can lead me astray. I know what I am doing.
See also: astray, lead

lead somebody aˈstray

encourage somebody to behave in a silly or criminal way: Small children are easily led astray by older children.He’s a weak character, who’s easily led astray.
See also: astray, lead, somebody
References in classic literature ?
I agreed, in case any rival expeditions came to lead them astray if I could.
And we certainly need not muddle issues; this would only confuse our people and voters, lead them astray and, in the end, make them the losers.
The publication particularly mentioned the mosque of Gurbanguly Hajji in Mary where imams underlined the necessity to pay special attention to youth, "so that no one would lead them astray.
Hussain urged on the students to focus on their studies and ward against elements who could lead them astray.
He also underlined in his speech in the meeting the imperative that GCC youth be protected by the authorities from socio-political influences that may lead them astray, seeking excitement through illegal drugs, using social networks for ill-gotten gains, and acquiring unlicensed weapons.
The three operas in the season - La Traviata (April 1 & 5), Manon Lescaut (April 2 & 4) and Boulevard Solitude (April 3) - follow the stories of three women whose different paths in life lead them astray.
Curious guests tried to determine the true nature or purpose of 15 mysterious objects from the ROM's incredible collections, despite the best efforts of devious curators to lead them astray.
Joachim Herrmann, the Bavarian interior minister, said that the project's main aim is "to bring up kids so that they can resist any attempt by the far-Right to lead them astray.
They're supposed to set an example to children, not to lead them astray.
They explored the forests--meeting numerous obstacles and "tricksters" along the way who tried to lead them astray.
At the beginning of the century, as Haberski's history underscores, "photoplay" critics were overwhelmingly concerned with cinema's capacity to improve its audience--and, conversely, with the ways "coarse" movies might lead them astray.
In fact, the Jacksons felt that a financial planner would only bully, patronize and even lead them astray.