lead up to
Meaning: If a period of time or a series of events leads up to a particular event, it happens just before it.Synonym: precede (formal)
- lead up to sth We need to get a clear idea of all the events that led up to the accident.
- lead up to sth We'll be really busy in the days and weeks leading up to the product launch.
In the days leading up to the Olympic Games, the athletes were