lead (one) down the garden path

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lead (one) down the garden path

To mislead or deceive one. Don't lead me down the garden path—tell me what is really going on here.
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lead someone down the garden path

 and lead someone up the garden path
to deceive someone. Now, be honest with me. Don't lead me down the garden path. That cheater really led her up the garden path.
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lead down the garden path

Also, lead up the garden path. Deceive someone. For example, Bill had quite different ideas from Tom about their new investment strategy; he was leading him down the garden path . This expression presumably alludes to the garden path as an intentional detour. [Early 1900s] Also see lead on.
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lead down garden path

Deceive. The path to which the phrase refers meant an intentional detour, so to escort someone down it was to mislead a person who relied on your honesty.
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Both of these criteria will lead you down the garden path. Sheep do tend to have droopier, more folded ears, but not every breed follows this trend.
"That is frustrating, and I have a problem with players that lead you down the garden path and then join another club.
I'll let love take the lead on that." Just don't let it lead you down the garden path...
Tell me a Story Each and every one of us has story to tell In fact most of us tell them very well Some are sincere and undoubtedly true And some just come right out of the blue Once in a while a person may shock you By what they say and what they have been through Some of the tales will make you cry And you ask yourself why oh why A story or two may make you laugh As they lead you down the garden path Never believe all you hear or see It could well be a mockery There are some great stories to be told And yes you may have to be bold At the end of the day and you have said your peace You may feel an instant release So tell your story and let us judge You can be sure we will never hold a grudge.
She said: "I was meditating and suddenly a voice called out, 'If you bring your life in line with what I have in store for you, I will lead you down the garden path'.
I like to be surprised and I like films that take you by the hand and lead you down the garden path.