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lead down

1. Of a path or route, to continue to or end up at some lower point or level. This trail leads down to the lake, while the other one leads up to the peak. That's the highway leading down to Florida—we want the one going to Atlanta.
2. To help someone or an animal physically descend some pathway or route. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lead" and "down." Every morning I lead my grandmother down the stairs to her armchair in the living room, where she likes to eat her breakfast. He held the frightened animal's harness and led it down the steep hill.
3. To guide or direct someone down to a lower point or level. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lead" and "down." Firefighters were leading us down the building during the earthquake. My job was to lead guests down the aisle to their seats for the ceremony.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lead someone down (something)

to help someone down something, such as stairs, a steep path, a ladder, etc. The usher led the couple down the aisle and seated them at the front. I am going to the cellar myself. Let me lead you down.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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At one side of the bedroom was a dainty dressing-room with closets containing a large assortment of fresh clothing; and beyond this was the bath--a large room having a marble pool big enough to swim in, with white marble steps leading down to the water.
Guided by these clews, Daylight cast about for a trail, and found one leading down the side opposite to his ascent.
The next turn of the canyon brought me to its mouth, and before me I saw a narrow plain leading down to an ocean.
He strolled slowly along until he came to the thoroughfare to the left, leading down to the Admiralty.
"Yes, sir; there is no road leading down into this valley from the southward."
She ran vaguely on in the direction of the reservoir, with her father's injunction still in her mind, until a terrible idea displaced it, and she turned at right angles suddenly, and ran towards the slope leading down to the submerged flat.
The room is divided by a great curtain; you draw this curtain aside, and find a large white marble bathtub, with its rim sunk to the level of the floor, and with three white marble steps leading down to it.
The treasure is buried in the sepulchral vault of the convent, under a stone in which is fixed a large iron ring and under which are four steps leading down. The two casks are there, placed end to end, covered with a coat of plaster in the form of a bier.
The Worm's hole was still evident, a round fissure seemingly leading down into the very bowels of the earth.
To make the call as unobtrusive as possible they left the carriage by the wicket leading down from the high road to the dairy-house, and descended the track on foot, side by side.
The patio area to the immediate rear leads to two out houses providing useful store and the other acting as a utility area, within this there is a lawn area with a walkway leading down to the bottom of the garden.
A sinkhole opened up on the footpath leading down to the beach at Rhossili in the wake of last Sunday's downpour.
Full of character, the home is reached by way of a farm gateway leading to a large gravelled bay with a gate leading down to a burn.
The storms of autumn 2014 damaged the path leading down to Towyn beach, Tudweiliog, Gwynedd.
It's the one leading down to Norton Cricket Club, with a level crossing and Daisy Chain at the bottom of it.
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