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lead back

1. Of a path or route, to continue to one's point of origin. I think this trail will lead back to our campsite. There are a few roads leading back to New Jersey, but this one is definitely the fastest.
2. To guide or direct someone or something to some point of origin. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lead" and "back." We've set up markers along these rocks to help lead hikers back to the proper trail. The dense network of nerves lead the signal back to the brain at incredible speeds.
See also: back, lead
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lead someone or something back (to someone or something)

to guide someone or something back to someone or something. Someone will have to lead me back to camp. I just know I'll get lost if I go by myself. The park ranger led back the hikers to their tent. I will lead them back.
See also: back, lead

lead back (to some place)

[for a pathway] to return to a place. This path leads back to the camp. I hope it leads back. It seems to be going the wrong way.
See also: back, lead
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Seeing this, the man put a halter on him and led him back to his owner.
When Samson was well again, his young mistress led him back to the piano.
These last ideas, which had gradually led him back from himself to science, appeared to have calmed him.
The owl-man led him back down the mountain path and ordered the scarlet alligator to crawl away and allow the Nome to cross the bridge in safety.
In mitigation, Simon Hunka said Bennett had stopped drug-taking and crime between 1999 and 2006 when he started his own business, got married and had children but a personal tragedy led him back to drugs.
Paradoxically, this cosmopolitan trajectory has led him back to his roots, as evinced by this little restaurant in Bali which draws intelligently on vernacular forms and materials, especially bamboo.