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Definition of the verb lead astray
What does lead astray mean as a doing phrase?
- teach immoral behavior to
- lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
- cause someone to believe an untruth
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] I forced him [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] into [Proposition, object control with -ing] I forced him into coming [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] into [Proposition, not sentential clause] I forced John into the chairmanship
Force Verbs (with the same syntax): bamboozle, bullock, coax, coerce, commission, compel, dare, draw, encourage, entice, force, impel, incite, induce, inveigle, jolt, lead, mislead, motivate, obligate, oblige, press, pressure, prod, prompt, push, rouse, rush, soothe, spur, sweet-talk, tempt.
- lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
- synonyms of lead astray: betray / deceive
- more generic words: misinform / mislead = give false or misleading information to
- more specific terms:
- impersonate / personate / pose = pretend to be someone you are not
- pull the wool over someone's eyes / lead by the nose / play false / bamboozle / hoodwink / snow = conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
- put one across / put one over / take in / befool / put on / slang / dupe / fool / gull / cod = fool or hoax
Alternative definition of the verb lead astray
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for lead astray
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The Dimwit's Dictionary (2006)
More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them by Robert Hartwell Fiske, Joseph Epstein
bilk; bluff; cheat; con; deceive; defraud; delude; dupe; feint; fool; gyp; hoodwink; lead astray; misdirect; misguide; misinform; mislead; spoof; swindle; trick; victimize. pull a rabbit out of the hat A moribund metaphor (see page 21). be cre- ative; ...
by Laura Emma Lockwood
to lead astray in action : S. A. 912. Mishap, sb. ill chance, ...
by Henry Sweet
o lead astray, deceive, betray. forltedan lead astray ; lead into destruction. for-lSran lead astray (by bad advice). for-léet an 1 b leave — bœftan ~ leave behind ; abandon ; give up ; omit, neglect, let go ; lose | dismiss ; remit, excuse, ...
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Usage statistics about lead astray
The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.
Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lead astray:
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Lead astray Meaning
Video shows what lead astray means. To cause (someone) to believe an untruth.. To misguide or misdirect.. Lead astray Meaning. How to pronounce, definition ...
Quotes about lead astray
You step on my toes.
I will stomp on your foot.
Ideals are delivered as personally perceived.
And I believe one should not be lead astray,
By concepts of reality that are not mutually shared. (Lawrence S. Pertillar)