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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His long-distance girlfriend, cello prodigy Aleah, keeps him dangling while she plans her future.
Naomi Frederick, in her debut season with the RSC, is confident and assured as Livia, Maria's sister, who refuses to elope with Rowland and keeps him dangling on a string with lines including "Alas, what fools you men are.
But she knows that if she keeps him dangling, the uncertainty will encourage his drinking.
Our tour guides never cease to keep us guessing, from Kenji Jasper's ambitious poet to Jervey Tervalon's graduate student teacher whose entanglement with a student keeps him dangling on the edge.