lead astray

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lead astray cause someone to believe an untruth "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
    • v lead astray lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions "The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"
    • v lead astray teach immoral behavior to "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lead astray to draw into a wrong course, to seduce from right conduct
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.”
  • Alexander Herzen
    Alexander%20Herzen
    “It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.”
  • Jean Rostand
    Jean%20Rostand
    “Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽdan, to lead, lád, a way; Ger. leiten, to lead.

Usage

In literature:

Such a course once entered upon, could only lead them further and further astray.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
Many shall come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and shall lead many astray.
"His Last Week" by William E. Barton
Personal desire and ambition so often lead men astray.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
False reasons are not only morally wrong, but they lead the mind astray.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
This is where the working for detail is most likely to lead you astray.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
He was the older, and he should not have allowed Dot to lead him astray.
"The Corner House Girls Growing Up" by Grace Brooks Hill
They have been leading her astray for years.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Both being members of the International, they had unfortunately enough influence to lead our friends astray.
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
As it is, he has only helped to lead them astray.
"Are we Ruined by the Germans?" by Harold Cox
Many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
This has enabled our statesmen to correct many of the theories which lead astray European writers.
"Noah Webster" by Horace E. Scudder
Our knowledge of physics and painting, indeed, is likely to lead us astray.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
A fellow would indeed be a rascal if he tried to lead such a perfect lamb astray!
"Banked Fires" by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
Sally was so thoughtless and worldly, she felt afraid that he would lead her astray.
"The Pearl of Orr's Island" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Might have known those Terran journalists would lead you astray.
"Helpfully Yours" by Evelyn E. Smith
But don't allow that drunken chum of yours, Mike, to lead you astray.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
This time, I fear me, your misgivings do not lead you astray.
"The Carlovingian Coins" by Eugène Sue
It's nice to feel that your Inner Self likes you too well to lead you astray.
"Windyridge" by W. Riley
How many souls may not that hardened sinner forever lead astray!
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
Plain sense but rarely leads us far astray.
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
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In poetry:

This elfin sprite, as ancient legends say,
Was fairy-born; on him they did bestow
The art to lead poor villagers astray,
For an offence some thousand years ago.
"Will-O'-Wisp" by Charlotte Dacre
From the perils deep and dire
Of Temptation's sensual mire
Keep thy chasten'd feet;
Dread, and hate, and turn away
From the lure that leads astray,
Satan's pleasure-cheat!
"Aspire" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
This world is but the rugged road
Which leads us to the bright abode
Of peace above;
So let us choose that narrow way,
Which leads no traveller's foot astray
From realms of love,
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There's a licht frae abune, sae steady an' pure,
Sae true, we may follow, frae danger secure;
That licht never dazzles or leads us astray,
In the darkest o' nichts it shines on the way.
"Spunkie" by Janet Hamilton
The Devil delights in leading the people astray,
So that he may fill his kingdom with them without delay;
It is the greatest pleasure he can really find,
To be the enemy of all mankind.
"A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of My Departed Parents" by William Topaz McGonagall
But no matter what he thinks, I say nay,
For by taking it he helps to lead his brither astray,
Whereas, if he didn't drink, he would help to reform society,
And we would soon do away with all inebriety.
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Apple maps lead astray .
In which Apple Maps leads me astray .
Leading Astray Streak at 4 With Pucker Up Win.
Leading Astray (left) gets up late to win the Pucker Up.
Leading Astray wins Pucker Up Stakes.
Irrelevant images lead us astray .
Are Brick-and-Mortar Economists Leading Us Astray .
How higher education is leading us astray .
A Quest for Rapture Leads a 'Phish Head' Astray .
With so many 'pix-' words to keep straight, writers need to take care that their spell-checkers don't lead them astray.
It challenged authority, poked fun at religion and was accused of leading children astray.
It challenged authority, poked fun at religion, and was accused of leading children astray.
Leading Astray Streak at 4 With Pucker Up Win.
Leading Astray (left) gets up late to win the Pucker Up.
Leading Astray wins Pucker Up Stakes.
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In science:

There is, in particular, a tendency for a relatively superficial focus on the relatively formal aspects of Bell’s arguments, to lead commentators astray.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
To explain the general statement would lead us too far astray so we restrict ourselves to stating the required corollary.
Combinatorial theorems in sparse random sets
It has the conceptual advantage, however, of being insensitive to field redefinitions, and so of never leading one badly astray through the mistaken use of “bad” variables.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
In my opinion, this eventually leads him hopelessly astray.
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
The Eddington effect (Eddington 1913) is not the same as Malmquist bias, but, like having too few beams per source, it can also lead your counts astray, as indeed can using the wrong correction method where your counts are incomplete (Geijo et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
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