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 ?
If you judge of Indian cunning by the rules you find in books, or by white sagacity, they will lead you astray, if not to your death," returned Hawkeye, examining the signs of the place with that acuteness which distinguished him.
What your country asks of you in return, is to work hard and to stay away from company that will lead you astray.
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She claimed Peter Adamson, who played Len Fairclough, had told her: "He will lead you astray.
He also spoke about the pressures of the music industry: "This is a very exciting career, but it can lead you astray if you're not planted in reality.
Really loving her would be confessing that looks might lead you astray, even if that prompted her to walk away.
And don't let the men lead you astray with pork pies and pints.
They must remember, too, that when you measure something, you influence it, so you have to measure the right things or your metrics can lead you astray.
Slip into the pages of these exotic travel essays and Let this crew of talented gay writers lead you astray.