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English definition of “lead up to sth”

lead up to sth

(TALK) phrasal verb with lead     /liːd/ verb (led, led   /led/   )
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
(Definition of lead up to sth (TALK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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