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lead up to something

phrasal verb with lead us /lid/ verb past tense and past participle led /led/

to happen, say, or do in preparation for something:

In the three games leading up to the Sugar Bowl, his team yielded 35, 35, and 42 points.
I thought you were leading up to a question at the end of that.

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