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English definition of “lead sb on”

lead sb on

disapproving phrasal verb with lead     /liːd/ verb (led, led   /led/   )
to persuade someone to believe something that is untrue: All that time she'd been leading him on (= pretending she liked him), but she was only interested in his money.Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping
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