Idiom:  lead someone astray

Meaning

Idiom:  lead someone astray

  1.  to negatively influence someone or cause them to make a mistake
  2.  to make someone believe something that's not true

Example sentences

  • My parents don’t want me to go away to college because they’re terrified someone will lead me astray.
  • I thought the person at the train station was helping me but he was trying to lead me astray.
  • The photographer led the young woman astray when he took nude photos of her for her "modeling" portfolio.
  • Be careful when you travel overseas—thieves see tourists as easy targets to lead astray.
  • My elderly grandparents were led astray by their caretaker, who persuaded them to give her access to their bank accounts.
  • I realized I was being led astray when my boyfriend asked me to lie to his parents.
  • Many people are too embarrassed to tell anyone when they've been led astray so many thieves never get caught.
  • Search for "pain relief" on the internet and at least five unscrupulous ads will pop up trying to lead people astray to buy worthless miracle remedies.

Synonyms

1.  negatively influence someone:

  • bait and switch
  • put on an act
  • rip off
  • put up a smoke screen
  • string along
  • steer someone the wrong way

2.  make one believe something that isn't true:

  • bend the truth
  • feed someone a line
  • pull one over on someone
  • pull the wool over someone's eyes

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