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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.
See also: away, lead

lead with

1. To begin (something) with someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lead" and "with." Let's lead with the comedian to lighten up the crowd before we bring on the rest of the acts. You should have led with how much money you expect your project to make—the investors would have been much more receptive from the get-go. They led the news with a story about the president's visit to India.
2. To choose a particular athlete or group of athletes with whom to begin a competition or sporting event. The team is leading with their star batter. In a surprise move, the coach is leading with the youngest members of the team for kickoff.
3. In boxing, to use a particular hand or type of punch when beginning an attack. Your next opponent tends to lead with his left, so you'll want to adapt your stance to be better able to dodge it. He led with a quick jab before connecting a devastating uppercut.
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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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They knew that some earlier studies had demonstrated a positive association between hypertension and the concentration of lead circulating in the bloodstream.
Stabiols can be used to replace stabilizers containing lead or barium.
According to the EPA, ingestion of lead-contaminated dust and soil is the primary pathway of lead exposure to children under six years of age, and dust is contaminated by lead when lead-based paint is disturbed in the course of renovation, repair or abatement activity.
Epidemiologic studies have identified the major environmental contributors of lead to children's blood and provided the basis for establishing health-based residential standards for maximum limits of lead on floors, windows wells and sills, and soils.
The list of potentially harmful agents covers a wide range--alcohol, lead, manganese, mercury, organophosphate pesticides, environmental tobacco smoke, and more.
(2005) stated that the presence of contaminant lead in cocoa bean shells is substantiated by the concentrations of lead in the soil profiles.
* Pencil "lead" is made of graphite, a form of carbon.
Last July, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Kweisi Mfume called lead paint poisoning a "silent epidemic" that heavily impacts African-American communities.
The main impetus for the industry to leave lead behind is a ban on lead in electronics imposed by the European Union.
Today, some environmental researchers are taking an even harder look at lead and are advancing the notion that widespread exposure of children to toxicants such as lead may have helped spark the crime waves that rocked the United States throughout the twentieth century.
The alternatives have not yet displaced lead to any great extent, owing to cost issues and to the fact that lead remains perfectly legal to use.
In an accidental shooting, a man in his late forties was hit in his left shoulder region by about 60 lead pellets from a shotgun.