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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 ?
It chanced on one of these rambles that their way led them down a by-street in a busy quarter of London.
For an hour the little expedition rested upon the mountain-top, and then Tarzan led them down into the valley below.
As bats fly squealing in the hollow of some great cave, when one of them has fallen out of the cluster in which they hang, even so did the ghosts whine and squeal as Mercury the healer of sorrow led them down into the dark abode of death.
This they crossed to a passageway beyond, and, finally, traversing several rooms and corridors, he led them down a flight of steps to a door which opened directly upon a side street in rear of the palace.
One of the young men complied; and having succeeded in detaching the hounds from the place, around which, until then, they had not ceased to hover, he led them down to the margin of the thicket.
The play tells the true story of a number of inmates whose lives led them down the dangerous road of crime.
The police called us and we led them down ladders."