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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).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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However, auditors are subject to economic incentives to please clients that could lead them away from perfect independence and objectivity and potentially result in undesirable conduct, even if they comply with professional standards.
As for the women, they seem to be in need of a ballet mistress who can soften their gestures, round their port de bras, lead them away from the idea of strength for its own sake.
Peace can only be achieved when the North's electorate vote out the tribal extremists - and embrace true democrats, those who can lead them away from the years of darkness of the Troubles to a new political dawn.
Stewards eventually freed them and lead them away before the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, could restart.
But this horror did nothing to lead them away from the path of violence.