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lead up to sth

verb uk phrasal verb with lead   /liːd/ (led, led   /led/   ) us  

(HAPPEN)

C2 If a period of time or series of events leads up to an event or activity, it happens until that event or activity begins: The pilot had no recollection of the events leading up to the crash.Preceding and introducing

(TALK)

to prepare to talk about something by gradually mentioning the subject you want to talk about: He started telling me about a wonderful new restaurant he'd been to and I wondered what he was leading up to.Preparing
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