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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

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
References in classic literature ?
'Just let me go down to the barking dogs, and give me something that I can throw to them; they will do nothing to harm me.' As he himself would have it so, they gave him some food for the wild animals, and led him down to the tower.
They thrust him into a cell room, where other prisoners were waiting; and as soon as court had adjourned they led him down with them into the "Black Maria," and drove him away.
The man led him down the corridor and a flight of steps to the visitors' room, which was barred like a cell.
And the Persian, asking Raoul to deaden the sound of his footsteps, led him down passages which Raoul had never seen before, even at the time when Christine used to take him for walks through that labyrinth.
Sir Meyville took Granet's arm and led him down the avenue.
THIS trucker got a real bum steer - after his satnav led him down a ridiculously narrow country lane.
Joe Jordan hauled the Cameroon international away and led him down the tunnel, then the Spurs assistant boss later gave his version of events to club's security team.
"Beautiful Hardship: My Story" is the autobiography of Bret Michael Fett, whose career as bodybuilder led him down a dark road of steroid abuse.
He has wept because alcohol has led him down a path of self-destruction.
For much of his 37 years Craig Shorrock has battled against drug and drink problems which led him down the path to violent behaviour.
This has led him down the path of self-destruction and it is tragic to see a once great player destroying himself in this manner.
A penthouse apartment overlooking the Thames, a collection of expensive paintings, not to mention running for Mayor of London, became his lot - until compulsive womanising and risktaking led him down the steep road to ruin.
Gradel attempted to confront referee Graham Salisbury and was restrained by Leeds players Jermaine Beckford and Michael Doyle before two of the club's security staff led him down the tunnel.
We hoisted him to safety by rope and led him down the path to base."