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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 (something) in front of (one)

To try to entice one with something. Dad dangled a few twenties in front of 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 a carrot in front of (one)

To try to entice one with the promise of a reward. Dad's going to have to dangle a carrot in front of us if he wants 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 secure that picture before it falls? It's just dangling from the nail.
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vulgar slang A penis. I don't want to see your dingle-dangle—pull up your pants!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: before, dangle

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: carrot, dangle, front, of, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012


n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) Come on, Billy. Shake your dingle and put it away.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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.'
'Sion and I just grabbed him and dangled him over the balustrade - then we released him.
Robert DuRant, director of the study, says, "During one wrestling match a man dangled a woman upside down and then dropped her on her head, knocking her unconscious.
he dangled her, making her swear she wasn't frightened, that she was a woman and she trusted him.
The girl dangled from the bowsprit above 8ft waves for 10 minutes while the crew struggled to pull her back on board.
Next morning the floor was strewn with the dried out strings of those which had ventured across the room, while others dangled from the lid.
But I still can't get over the man in China who dangled his threeyear-old daughter from a sixthfloor window after an argument with his wife.
The pair was saved from a deadly fall when passers-by were alerted to the screams of 43-year-old Hou's girlfriend, Lili Tang, who could be heard yelling terror as the car dangled from the rooftop.
A witness filmed the shocking stunt as the girl, thought to be six, dangled in mid-air.
TRAPPED: The two girls dangled their legs out these windows
As a kid, he was intrigued when Harry Houdini dangled from a crane by his ankles while escaping a straitjacket.
It's even as bad as Dragons' Den, in which a bunch of millionaires dangle their money in front of penniless would-be entrepreneurs rather as Marie Antoinette might have dangled a chocolate digestive in front of the starving peasantry.
To measure neophobia, she filled a dish with peanuts and apples, a treat that she calls "the Amazon equivalent of chocolate," then dangled an unfamiliar object above it and timed a bird's delay in approaching.
And he dangled the girl by her legs over the 100ft drop.
A WOMAN dangled a baby over a ship's railing by its ANKLES in a sick attempt to escape immigration police.