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[gahr-dn-path, -pahth] /ˈgɑr dnˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/
noting or pertaining to a sentence that is easily parsed incorrectly because its beginning suggests it has an interpretation that it clearly does not have. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mr. Levice, sauntering down the garden-path, saw the trio approaching.

  • Mistress Attwood came to meet him, running in the garden-path.

    Master Skylark John Bennett
  • One day he was sitting with his feet across the garden-path.

    Zen Buddhism Arthur Waley
  • They had been walking up and down a garden-path, but she stopped when she put this question and faced him.

    Miss Hildreth, Volume 2 of 3 Augusta de Grasse Stevens
  • Winnie trotted along down the garden-path, and across the brook.

    Gypsy Breynton Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • It was dull enough till quite late, and then I stepped out with Mr. Parti, and walked up and down a garden-path.

  • Coming down the garden-path she met grandmother, anxiously looking for news of Molly.

    Grandmother Dear Mrs. Molesworth
  • While I stood there some one advanced along the garden-path, looked up, saw me and beckoned.

  • It seemed to require all her courage to get over the last few steps of garden-path that brought her into view.

    Bressant Julian Hawthorne
  • M. de Rueille was walking along with his eyes fixed on the gravel of the garden-path.

    Bijou Gyp

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