Nearby words

  1. garda,
  2. garda síochána,
  3. garda, lake,
  4. gardant,
  5. garde-manger,
  6. garden apartment,
  7. garden center,
  8. garden centre,
  9. garden city,
  10. garden cress

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 Formsgardenless, 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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Word Origin and History for lead up the garden path
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Idioms and Phrases with lead up the garden path

lead up the garden path

see lead down the garden path.

garden

In addition to the idiom beginning with garden

  • garden variety

also see:

  • lead down the garden path
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