Idioms

    lead up/down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way; lead on; delude: The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate's promises seriously.

Origin of garden

1300–50; Middle English gardin < Old North French gardin, Old French jardin < Germanic; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2

Related forms

Definition for garden (2 of 2)

Garden

[ gahr-dn ]
/ ˈgɑr dn /

noun

Alexander,1730?–91, U.S. naturalist, born in Scotland.
Mary,1877–1967, U.S. soprano.
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British Dictionary definitions for garden

garden

/ (ˈɡɑːdən) /

noun

adjective

common or garden informal ordinary; unexceptional

verb

to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)

Derived Forms

gardenless, adjectivegarden-like, adjective

Word Origin for garden

C14: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard ² (sense 1)
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Idioms and Phrases with garden

garden


In addition to the idiom beginning with garden

  • garden variety

also see:

  • lead down the garden path
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