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

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British Dictionary definitions for lead up the garden path

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 lead up the garden path (1 of 2)

lead up the garden path


see lead down the garden path.

Idioms and Phrases with lead up the garden path (2 of 2)

garden


In addition to the idiom beginning with garden

  • garden variety

also see:

  • lead down the garden path
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