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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
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If we are to have a serious debate about energy generation, we need to be guided by an awareness of the challenges the future presents and not be led astray by a cynical, ill informed, negative, short sighted group, who show little awareness of where if anywhere their views will lead.
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But it is sad when sometimes the kind-hearted people are led astray be it by media or some other factor.
One organisation the Government might have hoped to get on its side, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, comes out today in opposition to most of the eco towns proposed by ministers, adding that it believes it has been "led astray" by assurances that the new settlements would be the last word in sustainability.
From Leah and Rachel's conflict over the love of a man, to Solomon who allowed himself to be led astray, to Josiah who refuted his family's harmful choices and led his country back to God, Teen People of the Bible reminds the reader that one's age does not prevent one from making a positive difference--or causing great harm.
Mr Pound took it in good humour, saying: 'I am sure that I am not the first person to have been led astray by the merry smile of the honourable gentleman.
This is why "anger" descended upon the Jews, while being described as "led astray" is more appropriate of the Christians.
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A person who reads is a person who thinks, and a person who thinks will not be easily manipulated by politicians or advertisers, or led astray by commercial or political forces.