lead up to sth
— phrasal verb with lead uk /liːd/ us /liːd/ verb led, led uk /led/ us
- I was very anxious in the time leading up to the event.
- The moments leading up to the accident are very confused in my mind.
- What exactly led up to his resignation?
- They documented all the events leading up to the massacre.
- I was ill in the period leading up to the election.
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