keep (one) waiting

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keep (one) waiting

To force someone to wait to get something or for something to happen. We were asked to be at the court at 9 AM for the hearing, but they kept us waiting for over three hours. Sorry I kept you waiting—my car ran out of gas halfway here.
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keep somebody ˈwaiting

make somebody wait or be delayed, especially because you arrive late: I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.
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Yes," replied Aramis, "and the sloop out there making ready to sail must be that which is to take us to our destination; now," continued he, "if only De Winter does not keep us waiting.
one thing now is only awanting and that is, that our grooms should not keep us waiting.
The bridegroom did not keep us waiting long,--I noticed that he had a rather delicate sad face,--and presently the service began.
Of course, we have no right to expect anything else -- still it's discouraging to keep us waiting a year, isn't it?
First of all, I believe if they are going to keep us waiting longer than 15 minutes, then put us in the exam room to keep us waiting another 15 minutes or longer, then we should charge them for wasting our time.
And he didn't keep us waiting for long before delivering a message at the all-too-common meeting of muhtars held at the presidential palace and the message was that he would make this nation too small for those looking to restrict Turkey.
They feel ignored, disrespected and poorly treated by the medical personnel they meet ("The staff keep us waiting for 45 minutes, technicians don't make eye contact and doctors won't listen to what we say" were the most common reasons for avoiding trips to both clinics and offices).
We would ask them to allow him some of the food we brought him, they would keep us waiting and their answer was not always 'yes.
But buried in the small print was a clause that allowed them to keep us waiting until the last month.
What was the need to keep us waiting the whole day and deferring the judgment four times?
Let's hope those who keep us waiting read this book and mend their ways.
It's the trainer's form not to keep us waiting too long come rain or shine, but there probably wasn't much to be said after Fire Lily recorded her first win of the season with a workmanlike success in the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes.
The veteran comic said: "I said to him, 'How dare you keep us waiting like this?
They prevent us from bringing him food or books, they keep us waiting for hours and once we meet they call him after around five minutes.
Criticizing the union's creating difficulties in Turkey's full membership talks, Erdogan said, "when we ask them (EU member states) not to delay the process, they make up some formulas to show that they do not keep us waiting.