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lead up to

/ (liːd) /
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verb (intr, adverb + preposition)

to act as a preliminary or introduction to
to approach (a topic) gradually or cautiously

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lead up to

Prepare gradually for, result in gradually, as in These events clearly led up to the coup, or His remarks led up to the main point of the speech, that he was going to resign next year. [Mid-1800s]

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