garden-path

[ gahr-dn-path, -pahth ]
/ ˈgɑr dnˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ /

adjective

noting or pertaining to a sentence that is easily parsed incorrectly because its beginning suggests it has an interpretation that it clearly does not have.

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