lead (one) to believe

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lead (one) to believe

To cause one to believe something, especially if it is untrue. The sales agent led me to believe I would continue paying the lower price if I signed up for the TV service, but when I got my first bill I learned that wasn't the case. He led us to believe he had a graduate degree in economics. Turns out he didn't even graduate from high school.
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lead someone to believe something

Fig. to imply something to someone; to cause someone to believe something untrue. But you led me to believe that this watch was guaranteed! Did you lead her to believe that she was hired as a clerk?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lead somebody to beˈlieve (that...)

make somebody think something is true, usually wrongly: I was led to believe that I didn’t need a visa to enter the country, and now it appears that I do.She led me to believe that she was a student, but she wasn’t. OPPOSITE: put/set somebody straight (about/on something)
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This led him to believe more firmly than ever that up above him, in society like Ruth and her family, all men and women thought these thoughts and lived them.
As previously reported, Cleveland Research analyst Steven Gojak downgraded McDonald's to Neutral from Buy after his industry checks led him to believe that its comparable sale results in the second half will trend more in-line with consensus expectations.
He said a postal vote turnout of about 60% led him to believe the overall figure could reach 40%.
Newton claims Miss Morrin had led him to believe her baby was his up until the night he killed her.
"You led him to believe that if he did not get the money he would be arrested and this is the threat that Thomas had made against him that day.
Although a fair number of the supposedly genuine "bloopers, blunders, botches, and boo-boos" presented on these pages were probably penned long ago by some professional humor writer--e.g., "The American Revolution began because the English put tacks in their tea"--even the hoariest chestnuts in Lederer's collection are sure to seem fresh and new to some student who picks up one of his books and discovers for the first time that the English language can be a lot more fun than his excruciatingly dull eighth-grade English teacher may have led him to believe. And that, in my opinion, would be a lesson well worth learning.
We also learn about the pope's Carmelite mysticism, his intense prayer life, his most cherished teachings, and the extent to which Polish messianism led him to believe that Poland would become a beacon for the conversion of Europe in a post-Communist world.