lead on
transitive verb Date: 1598 to entice or induce to adopt or continue in a course or belief especially when unwise or mistaken

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  • lead on — {v. phr.} To encourage you to believe something untrue or mistaken. * /Tom led us on to believe that he was a world traveler, but we found out that he had never been outside our state./ * /We were led on to think that Jeanne and Jim were engaged… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lead on — {v. phr.} To encourage you to believe something untrue or mistaken. * /Tom led us on to believe that he was a world traveler, but we found out that he had never been outside our state./ * /We were led on to think that Jeanne and Jim were engaged… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lead on — index entrap, inveigle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lead on — verb 1. entice or induce especially when unwise or mistaken (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑entice, ↑lure, ↑tempt • Verb Frames: Somebody s somebody Something s somebody 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lead On — Infobox Album Name = Lead On Type = studio Longtype = Artist = George Strait Released = November 8, 1994 Recorded = Genre = Country Length = 30:38 Label = MCA Producer = Tony Brown George Strait Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic …   Wikipedia

  • lead on — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms lead on : present tense I/you/we/they lead on he/she/it leads on present participle leading on past tense led on past participle led on lead someone on to encourage someone to do something or to expect… …   English dictionary

  • lead on — lead (someone) on to deceive someone in order to get what you want from them. She led him on for five months while she was going out with another guy. Related vocabulary: toy with someone …   New idioms dictionary

  • lead on — Synonyms and related words: act on, allure, approach, bait, bait the hook, be responsible for, bear upon, blandish, cajole, call the signals, captain, carry on, coax, command, conduct, control, coquet, dally, decoy, direct, draw, draw in, draw on …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lead\ on — v. phr. To encourage you to believe something untrue or mistaken. Tom led us on to believe that he was a world traveler, but we found out that he had never been outside our state. We were led on to think that Jeanne and Jim were engaged to be… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lead on — PHRASAL VERB If someone leads you on, they encourage you to do something, especially by pretending that something is true. [V n P] I bet she led him on but how could he be so weak? …   English dictionary

  • lead on — insincerely encourage I think he was leading me on when he told me about the new job …   Idioms and examples

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