lead (one) astray

(redirected from leads him astray)

lead (one) astray

1. To lead one in the wrong direction; to cause one to be lost or in the wrong place. I'm afraid the GPS led us astray. We should have turned right back there. It was only when we saw the waterfall again that we realized our guide had been leading us astray.
2. To misdirect one into error. A few false positives led me astray at first, but I think I have a good idea of the data trends now.
3. To negatively influence one; to influence one to make poor choices. I just hope this new group that my son is hanging out with doesn't lead him astray.
See also: astray, lead

lead someone astray

to direct or guide someone in the wrong direction. I am afraid that this young man has been leading you astray. I think you had better stop seeing him. No one can lead me astray. I know what I am doing.
See also: astray, lead

lead somebody aˈstray

encourage somebody to behave in a silly or criminal way: Small children are easily led astray by older children.He’s a weak character, who’s easily led astray.
See also: astray, lead, somebody
References in periodicals archive ?
Between his depressed dad at home, feeling abandoned by his mum, and somehow having caused a rift between himself and his usual lad mates, Charlie stumbles across a girl, Fran, and she leads him astray - kind of: Joining an amdram club putting on Romeo & Juliet is very much out of his comfort zone.
Between his depressed dad at home, feeling abandoned by his mum, and somehow having caused a rift between himself and his lad mates, Charlie stumbles across a girl, Fran, and she leads him astray - kind of: Joining an amdram club putting on Romeo & Juliet very much out of his comfort zone.
Best friend Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) leads him astray and Frankie almost ends up in prison but escapes incarceration by virtue of his age.
Some scenes had portrayed a Blind man and his disobedient blind dog which leads him astray.
(1981)Crazy/Beautiful BBC1, 11.30pm, Wednesday A SEXY and touching romantic drama starring Kirsten Dunst as a spoilt little rich girl into drink and drugs who falls for model student Jay Hernandez, a poor Latino teenager, and leads him astray. (2001)A Knight's Tale Channel 4, 9pm, Saturday IN a modernish version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tale, complete with rock music, Heath Ledger stars as a poverty-stricken squire who poses as a knight in a bid to win riches and romance.
"His enthusiasm sometimes leads him astray, but it's still a great thing to have and particularly at Elland Road with our fans because if they see this enthusiasm then that's more than half the battle."
There is of course the sin of silly writing, such as in this gem: "The deficit, it seems safe to say, is a bomb that might or might not explode." More troubling, Baida's reliance on books and clippings instead of his own digging sometimes leads him astray. In a long wet-kiss chapter about IBM, he retells stories of IBM's relentless rise to business dominance without mentioning the company's recent struggles to hold its place in the personal computer revolution, with most of the sales now going to clone makers.