lead (one) to believe

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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.
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lead someone to believe something

Fig. to imply something to someone; to cause someone to believe something untrue. But you led me to believe that this watch was guaranteed! Did you lead her to believe that she was hired as a clerk?
See also: believe, lead
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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)
See also: believe, lead, somebody
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"And what did I do, Carthoris of Helium," she returned, "that might lead you to believe that I DID return it?"
The fact that nearly a quarter of working mothers return to their jobs within two weeks of giving birth might lead you to believe that modern medicine has made childbearing an easy, routine procedure.
WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
Life at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts is not about banging on lunch trays and impromptu dancing on lunchroom tabletops as the 1980 movie Fame would lead you to believe. In fact, as Rachel Hazelwood, a senior in the dance department, puts it, "It's just simple ol' lunch.