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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.

(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.
(Definition of lead up to sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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