Definition of lead someone up or down the garden path in English:

lead someone up (or down) the garden path

informal Give someone misleading clues or signals.
More example sentences
  • He said the people of Achill had been led up the garden path on the scheme.
  • And if I've led you up the garden path just to give you a silly acronym by which to remember something simple and obvious, I'm sorry.
  • No doubt there were angry phone calls last week from those writers who may have felt the company had led them up the garden path with its hints and spin.
Synonyms
deceive, mislead, delude, hoodwink, dupe, trick, entrap, beguile, take in, fool, pull the wool over someone's eyes, gull
informal con, pull a fast one on, string along, take for a ride, put one over on
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