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English definition of “lead up to something”

lead up to something

verb phrasal verb with lead  /lid/ (past tense and past participle led  /led/) us  
to happen, say, or do in preparation for something: In the three games leading up to the Sugar Bowl, his team yielded 35, 35, and 42 points. I thought you were leading up to a question at the end of that.
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