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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The servant led us down a matted passage and showed us at the end into a great library, all lined with bookcases and busts upon the top of them, where the squire and Dr.
One day, palm branch in hand, and his crowd of adoring devotees behind him, he led us down to his hidden work-shop and took us into the secret of his plans.
Come this way, if you please." He led us down a passage, opened a barred door, passed down a winding stair, and brought us to a whitewashed corridor with a line of doors on each side.
It is not just the Executive arm of the government that has led us down, we are also looking at the Judiciary.
The jeep was getting louder as Evgeny led us down a side alley and then into the tradesman's entrance of a building.
Trump's demonizing of the press has led us down a dark path." And not for the first time, my brother wrote three days before the shooting stating his wish that I leave Washington, writing: "It's gonna get crazier from here."
Their distorted perception, and its corollary, that young people must respect the powerful without question, has led us down many a wrong path.
The clouds still hung heavy on the volcanic young mountains that on a geographical time scale were only born yesterday.Isaac Kini, the KWS ranger, led us down the ladder.
And he who led us down the path to Brexit by holding the EU referendum - with the backing of Scottish leader Ruth Davidson.
Our lead driver, Herman, led us down winding roads to untouched beaches to the north of the island and a gorgeous sheltered bay called Benirras in the valleys.
Tanaiste, Joan Burton, said, 'This is what led us down the road of difficulty in the past.
If New England's six governors really want to fix things, they should look at the mistakes of the past and freeze or outright repeal the very policies that have led us down this road.
"One of them put a gun to my head, led us down to the bottom and locked us up."
He's the one that duped us, led us down the wrong path.