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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.
See also: down, lead
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.
See also: down, lead
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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