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lead out

1. To afford or designate a passage or route out (of something or some place). The map says this river will lead out to sea. That's the highway leading out of New York.
2. To serve as a path or route for someone out (of something or some place). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lead" and "out." This path should lead us out of the forest. The detour led cars out of the area most affected by the road work.
3. To guide or direct someone or an animal out (of something or some place). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lead" and "out." We've got to lead the herd out of the valley before this storm hits. Thank you for your time. Tom will lead you out.
4. To draw or attract someone out (of something or some place). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lead" and "out." The most curious music led me out of my house and into the woods. The smell of freshly baked cookies led the kids out from their rooms.
5. To be the first person to bet after the community cards are dealt in a hand of poker. I had an incredible hand after the flop, so I decided to lead out hard in order to protect it.
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