something that provides an approach to or preparation for an event or situation.

Nearby words

  1. lead with one's chin,
  2. lead-free,
  3. lead-in,
  4. lead-off,
  5. lead-pipe cinch,
  6. leadbeater's cockatoo,
  7. leadbelly,
  8. leaded,
  9. leaden,
  10. leadenly

Origin of lead-up

1950–55; noun use of verb phrase lead up (to)

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Word Origin and History for lead-up



1917, from lead (v.1) + up (adv.).

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