lead (one) astray

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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
References in classic literature ?
They recollected how he had led them astray in the old witchcraft delusion; and now, if he thought and acted ever so wisely, it was difficult for him to get the credit of it.
They call this the exchange of sincere advice, and it is based on questioning the reasons that led them astray, and on showing how these contradict the bases of true Islam, on the basis that everyone deserves a second chance, even if they have been proven guilty.
Of course, Saudi Arabia's officials know that, from among those included in the exchange of sincere advice, there are some who could truly be convinced, after being exposed to arguments and supporting evidence, and would chose to become moderate in their behavior and to steer away from the reasons that led them astray, and that there are also others who will claim to be convinced simply to obtain attenuating circumstances that could lead to their release.
By reviewing students' remarks, I can determine if I placed too much emphasis on an issue that led them astray in test-taking or an item was worded poorly.