lead down the garden path

garden

[gahr-dn]
noun
1.
a plot of ground, usually near a house, where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, or herbs are cultivated.
2.
a piece of ground or other space, commonly with ornamental plants, trees, etc., used as a park or other public recreation area: a public garden.
3.
a fertile and delightful spot or region.
4.
British, yard2 ( def 1 ).
adjective
5.
pertaining to, produced in, or suitable for cultivation or use in a garden: fresh garden vegetables; garden furniture.
verb (used without object)
7.
to lay out, cultivate, or tend a garden.
verb (used with object)
8.
to cultivate as a garden.
Idioms
9.
lead up/down the garden path, to deceive or mislead in an enticing way; lead on; delude: The voters had been led up the garden path too often to take a candidate's promises seriously.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English gardin < Old North French gardin, Old French jardin < Germanic; compare Old High German gartin-, German Garten, yard2

gardenable, adjective
gardenless, adjective
gardenlike, adjective
ungardened, adjective
well-gardened, adjective
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garden (ˈɡɑːdən)
 
n
1.  (Brit)
 a.  US and Canadian word: yard an area of land, usually planted with grass, trees, flowerbeds, etc, adjoining a house
 b.  (as modifier): a garden chair
2.  a.  an area of land used for the cultivation of ornamental plants, herbs, fruit, vegetables, trees, etc
 b.  (as modifier): garden tools Related: horticultural
3.  (often plural) such an area of land that is open to the public, sometimes part of a park: botanical gardens
4.  a.  a fertile and beautiful region
 b.  (as modifier): a garden paradise
5.  (modifier) provided with or surrounded by a garden or gardens: a garden flat
6.  informal lead a person up the garden path to mislead or deceive a person
 
adj
7.  informal common or garden ordinary; unexceptional
 
vb
8.  to work in, cultivate, or take care of (a garden, plot of land, etc)
 
Related: horticultural
 
[C14: from Old French gardin, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gart enclosure; see yard² (sense 1)]
 
'gardenless
 
adj
 
'garden-like
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

garden
c.1300, from O.N.Fr. gardin, from V.L. hortus gardinus "enclosed garden," via Frank. *gardo, from P.Gmc. *gardon (cf. O.Fris. garda, O.H.G. garto, Ger. Garten "garden," O.E. geard "enclosure," see yard (1)). The verb is first attested in 1570s. Related: Gardened; gardening.
Garden variety in figurative sense first recorded 1928.
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Idioms & Phrases

lead down the garden path

Also, lead up the garden path. Deceive someone. For example, Bill had quite different ideas from Tom about their new investment strategy; he was leading him down the garden path. This expression presumably alludes to the garden path as an intentional detour. [Early 1900s] Also see lead on.

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