What is the opposite of lead?

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Verb
Opposite of to physically guide a person or animal
“The horse would follow John to water, but would not drink.”
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Opposite of to be persuaded based on available information
“Mike's allegations were so outrageous that they would, in fact, dissuade me from believing that Brett was a bad man.”
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(lead to) Opposite of to culminate or result in a particular event or consequence
“Eating the right foods and getting enough exercise will prevent weight gain.”
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Opposite of to show the way by being in front
“Vincent Chase's entourage would follow him into the club.”
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Opposite of to be in charge or command of
“Several specialists would serve in a team led by Danny Ocean who wanted to pull off one of the greatest heists of all time.”
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Opposite of to have the advantage in a contest
“The team got off to a terrible start and would trail by 20 points at the first change.”
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Opposite of to be superior against one's peers
“The other swimmers could not keep up with Phelps and would fall behind quickly.”
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Opposite of to be living a particular way of life
“I shun the hectic life which is why I moved to the country.”
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Opposite of to give advice and instruction
“The supervisor was jealous of his underling and would constantly try to undermine her.”
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Opposite of to conduct or escort to a given place or location
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Opposite of to take, or be in, charge of
“As with the Italian condottiere, they were willing to serve any master with whom their chief could make satisfactory arrangements.”
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Opposite of to direct or influence the behavior or development of
“What that tells me is that right now, is that whatever is being reported could be information to deceive and mislead people.”
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Opposite of to set up or establish
“He will destroy his father's legacy if he runs the business into the ground.”
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(mismanage) Opposite of to direct, handle, control, or be in charge of
“When his beloved mother died, Shaka became unhinged and began to mismanage his army.”
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(abandon) Opposite of to direct, handle, control, or be in charge of
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(of a meeting or seminar) Opposite of to manage or preside over
“To follow your petty call to arms over trivial matters would be a massive waste of resources.”
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Opposite of to exert influence over or dictate the outcome of
“I think it is time I surrender my hold on this domain and acknowledge defeat.”
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Opposite of to manage
“Many agents sell a bunch of houses, then spend all their time servicing those houses and neglect their business.”
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Opposite of to show the way
“The little girl with curly hair would follow her mother all the way back to their house.”
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Opposite of to extend or be positioned in a given course or direction
“With finite sample sizes, the curves deviate from this straight line and the deviation increases as the sample size decreases.”
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Opposite of to be at the top of
“It looks like the club will bottom out, but the silver lining is that they will get the top draft pick.”
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(distance oneself from) Opposite of to get a sizable lead in a contest
“The climactic scene in which the local Mafiosi converge on the inspector is bone-chilling and unforgettable.”
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Opposite of to go through an experience
“The triplets would rather sit and idle at home than to experience the grandeur of the outside world.”
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Opposite of have power and influence over
“After three straight weeks with poor performances, the young gun continues to struggle at the elite level of the sport.”
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Opposite of to be exceptionally proficient in an activity or subject
“He had the perfect physique to be a professional athlete, which was so ironic considering his innate ability to fail at every sport he played.”
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Opposite of to act as someone's mentor
“That success was short-lived, as his time with the grappling arts began to hinder his career.”
Noun
(the lead) Opposite of a position of advantage in a contest
“Usain's opponents would find themselves in the rear despite their best efforts to keep up with him.”
Noun
Opposite of a dominant position in a competitive environment
“As we have only just started this company, we literally have the last place in our market right now.”
Noun
Opposite of the amount by which a competitor is ahead in a contest
“The Celtics had a 41-point deficit at halftime against the Cavaliers and they knew that the game was just about over.”
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Opposite of a standard for others to follow
“You have been a terrible captain, and we hope the other players do not follow your bad example.”
Noun
Opposite of the primary part in a play or film
“The actor was unhappy at only playing a bit part in the film where his only line consisted of groaning in pain.”
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Opposite of a piece of information that may help in an investigation
“Unfortunately, we are unable to identify the chocolate chip cookie thief because the only information we have is a dead end.”
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Opposite of a condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable or superior position
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Opposite of the chief character in a book, play, or film, typically identified with sympathetic and good qualities
“Why does the villain always lose?”
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Opposite of something or someone that serves as a pattern of behavior to be imitated
“As a franchise consultant, he was a great advocate of the proven systems and processes established by McDonald's.”
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Opposite of a condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable position
“We have given ourselves a major disadvantage to making the finals after a string of crucial losses.”
Noun
Opposite of a leading position, especially in relation to technology of innovation
Noun
Opposite of a dog's lead
Noun
Opposite of a useful piece of information or advice
Noun
Opposite of the highest or most important rank, level, or position
“I mean, if we really had to rate him, he would be right at the bottom.”
Noun
Opposite of an actor or player
Noun
Opposite of star of the show
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Opposite of a slight or indirect indication or suggestion
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Opposite of a warning or piece of information given in a discreet or confidential way
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Opposite of the main figure or one of the most prominent figures in a situation
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Opposite of something that leads into the beginning of something
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Opposite of the extent or measurement of something from end to end
Noun
Opposite of the length of the space between two points
“There is here no question as to how or where the physical connection of the roads shall be made, for that has already been done at the place.”
Noun
Opposite of the balance of an advantage
Adjective
Opposite of first place, or a position of dominance
“We are currently in the last position in our market, which means that the only way is up from here.”
Adjective
Opposite of vested with the authority to preside over
Adjective
(worst) Opposite of superseding others in importance or status
“His punches were weak and slow, and I can claim with confidence that he was the worst boxer that I had ever seen.”
Adjective
(humble) Opposite of superseding others in importance or status
“The basic premise of the story is that noble birth doesn't guarantee a noble person and nobility can be present in the humble peasant.”
Adjective
Opposite of the best of its kind or class
“The team has the league's worst statistics in all categories!”
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Opposite of the most important in terms of rank or status
“She has years of experience as an assistant manager and is very eager to take the next step.”
Adjective
Opposite of in a leading position
“With each lap, the last car to pass the finish line is knocked completely out of the game.”
Adjective
Opposite of highest in rank, authority or superiority
“She had attempted to hand a sprinkle of enlightenment to the inferior humans, but it was lost on them as wasted babble.”
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