lead astray


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Verb1.lead astray - teach immoral behavior to; "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"
corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, profane, vitiate, subvert - corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"
2.lead astray - lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directionslead astray - lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions; "The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"
lead, guide, take, conduct, direct - take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
3.lead astray - cause someone to believe an untruthlead astray - cause someone to believe an untruth; "The insurance company deceived me when they told me they were covering my house"
misinform, mislead - give false or misleading information to
personate, pose, impersonate - pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions; "She posed as the Czar's daughter"
lead by the nose, play false, pull the wool over someone's eyes, bamboozle, hoodwink, snow - conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end; "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well"
cod, dupe, put one across, put one over, slang, take in, gull, befool, fool, put on - fool or hoax; "The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone"; "You can't fool me!"
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Did she tell you about a boy, the son of pious and rich parents, whom she tried to lead astray into the wildness of thoughts like her own, till the poor dear child drove her off because she outraged his modesty?
It was due, above all, to the great satirist, who alone knew how to use ridicule without abusing it, who, without inflicting a wound, effected a great social reform, and who reconciled wit with virtue, after a long and disastrous separation, during which wit had been lead astray by profligacy, and virtue by fanaticism.
They launched the Lead Astray campaign asking for Government help to pay the huge bill.