keep (one) dangling

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keep (one) dangling

To maintain some form of relationship with someone without revealing one's true feelings or intentions; to keep someone in an uncertain position. If you don't want to marry him, then you have to tell him that—you can't keep him dangling any longer! A: "I'm never going to get a promotion, am I?" B: "With the way the boss keeps you dangling, I doubt it."
See also: dangling, keep

keep someone dangling

keep someone, especially a would-be suitor, in an uncertain position.
See also: dangling, keep, someone
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Be a sweetie, don't deny them an invitation or keep them dangling.
For all the wrinkles and riffs in between, that sense of helplessness and isolation remains a powerful, tension-filled hook, even if Roberts has to jerk the audience around more than a bit to keep them dangling.