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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.
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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.


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To mislead or deceive (another).
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Once the leads have been identified, producers can ask the source for more information about the decision-makers, their business, personal style and interests.
This gives us another piece in the puzzle linking lead exposure to high blood pressure in adults," Briss says.
Improvements were still needed to compete better with lead in processing and performance properties, concedes Brilliant.
In their latest work, presented at the 2000 joint conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Academic Societies in Boston, Needleman's team used X-ray fluorescence technology, to examine bone lead concentrations in roughly 350 youngsters aged 12-18 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, to gauge past exposures.
Although about one-half of the lead pellets were removed during surgery, the BPb concentration continued to rise and reached a peak value of 62 [micro]g/dL (3.
The reliable identification of the sources of lead exposure to children with blood lead levels above the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guideline of 10 [micro]g/dL (4) is critical to devising effective intervention strategies to reduce their lead intake.