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dangle (something) before (someone)

To try to entice someone with something. Dad dangled a few twenties before us , but we told him he'd have to pay more to get us to clean out the whole garage.
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dangle from (something)

To hang loosely from something, as if likely to fall. Can you straighten that picture before it falls? It's just dangling from the nail.
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dangle from something

to hang from something. A number of colorful glass balls dangled from the branches of the tree. Some loose threads dangled from the bottom of his jacket.
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dangle something before someone

 and dangle something in front of someone 
1. Lit. to tempt someone by dangling a tempting object in front of them. Don't dangle that string of pearls infront of me unless you intend to give them to me!
2. Fig. to lure someone with something. He dangled the keys before Wally, hoping to get him to drive. He dangled the money in front of Eric, hoping to make him change his mind.
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dangle something from something

to hang something loosely from something else. She dangled a few small bells from the bottom of her skirt during the holidays. I dangled a bit of fish from the window so I could see how high the cat would jump.
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dangle a carrot in front of someone


offer someone a carrot

COMMON If you dangle a carrot in front of someone or offer them a carrot, you try to persuade them to do something by offering them a reward. The team have dangled a $17 million carrot in front of the Italian to remain in North America. He is to offer the public a new carrot by reducing petrol prices. Note: The words carrot, dangle and offer are used in other structures and expressions with a similar meaning. Tax cuts may be offered as a carrot to voters ahead of the next election. The money's dangling there like a huge carrot, and you want to grab it. Note: The image here is of someone encouraging a donkey to move forward by holding a carrot in front of it.
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n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) Come on, Billy. Shake your dingle and put it away.
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But Judge Venables concluded the girl had been dangled out of a window.
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Now the same mouldy carrot is dangled once again, for a third time.
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A survey conducted revealed that in most of the residential and commercial areas generally congested areas including Tench Bhatta, Peoples Colony, Bakra Mandi, Dhoke Saydian, Masrial road, Lalkurti, Amarpura, Raja Bazaar, residential areas of Committee Chowk, Buni, Akalgarh, Motti Bazaar and other areas, the electric wires are not properly dangled.
His legs dangled beneath the box and he started slipping as rescuers put their lives at risk trying to reach him.
The child, who was close to plummeting to the ground as she dangled 20 metres in the air, had her feet propped up by passerby Zhou Chong for ten minutes before she was rescued.
London, June 19 ( ANI ): A Chinese man dangled his terrified three-year-old daughter out of a sixth-floor window after having a heated argument with her mother.
Chinese girl is dangled by her dad and, right, Lianne Smith
Because of what he had done before Mr Tymon picked him up and dangled him by his feet over the balcony in order, say the prosecution, to punish him for having been cheeky," he alleged.
MUM Tracey Fletcher today described how she thought of her three children as she dangled helplessly above a well - and then plunged 30ft.
The school has dangled the site as a prize to the developer who not only submitted the winning bid, but also agreed to rebuild the law school on the remainder of the space.
Sentencing him yesterday, Judge John Warner told him: 'You were actively involved in taking money off gullible people and dangled a carrot in front of them.
As evidence, she would most likely cite the pending criminal allegations, the 1993 allegation of sexual misconduct by Jackson against another child, the incident in which Jackson dangled his third child over the side of the fourth-floor balcony in Germany and Jackson's statements that he allows his children to sleep in bed with unrelated adult males.
The wildlife expert cradled his month-old son Robert under one arm and dangled a piece of chicken from the other in front of the 13-foot crocodile before a crowd of onlookers at his reptile park in Beerwah, north of Brisbane in Australia.