lead down the garden path


lead down the garden path
lead (someone) down the garden path to deceive someone.

Our country has been led down the garden path by the politicians in office.

Etymology: based on the idea that a path in a garden is very pleasant, so someone who is brought along it can be deceived without noticing it

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • lead someone up (or down) the garden path — informal give someone misleading clues or signals. → lead …   English new terms dictionary

  • lead somebody down the garden path — lead sb up/down the garden ˈpath idiom to make sb believe sth which is not true Main entry: ↑leadidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • lead you down the garden path — tell you a false story, give you a line    He said the trip to Paris was free. He led me down the garden path …   English idioms

  • lead someone down the garden path — verb To deceive, hoodwink They all have been leading us down the garden path about health care …   Wiktionary

  • down the garden path — See lead you down the garden path …   English idioms

  • lead one down the garden path — also lead one up the garden path phrasal hoodwink, deceive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lead someone down/up the garden path — see ↑lead, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑garden lead someone down/up the garden path informal : to deceive someone : to cause someone to go, think, or proceed wrongly He believes the average consumer is being led down the garden path by the promises in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lead someone up the garden path — If someone leads you up the garden path, they deceive you, or give you false information that causes you to waste your time. Lead someone down the garden path is also used …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • lead somebody up the garden path — lead sb up/down the garden ˈpath idiom to make sb believe sth which is not true Main entry: ↑leadidiom …   Useful english dictionary