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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Leading Question.
A question so worded as to suggest an answer. “Was he dressed in a black coat?” leads to the answer “Yes.” In cross-examining a witness, leading questions are permitted, because the chief object of a cross-examination is to obtain contradictions.   1

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