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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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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."
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keep someone dangling

keep someone, especially a would-be suitor, in an uncertain position.
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It is not known if they were the same two people dangling over the edge just minutes earlier.
He then climbed over the balcony and was stuck dangling from there while no one was able to get to him from the inside.
The brother called the school principal who mobilised other staff to look for him, only to find his dangling body.
On the same spot about 15 minutes later, a bus of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) was rear-ended by another PMA bus after it suddenly stopped to avoid the dangling electric wire.
'These dangling and uncovered power wires pose serious threats to the residents especially the kids, ' said Malik Khalid, a resident of Peoples Colony.
RAWALPINDI: The uncovered electric wires dangling from electric poles in streets,roads,residential and commercial areas particularly congested localities of the town, pose a serious threat to human lives, but the authorities concerned seem unmoved.
The video shows the woman dangling from the balcony while many people gathered there to rescue her from falling off.
hangmanThere was pandemonium in Osogbo, Osun State in the early hours of Wednesday, when tenants of an apartment located around Alleluyah area of the city discovered the dangling body of a 22-year-old boy who allegedly committed suicide, Saturday Tribune's investigation has revealed.
PML (N) Candidate Hanif Abbasi started his campaign by dangling panaflexes from committee chowk to Faizabad.
By DERICK LUVEGAbrA 12-year-old boy from Kidinye, Vihiga County has committed suicide in unclear circumstances.The boy, who lives with his aunt, was found dangling on a rope on Friday, police said.
KASUR -- Dangling electricity wires in various localities of Kasur city pose potential threat to the lives of residents.
A dump truck was dangling over the edge of a highway in downtown Tokyo on Tuesday (November 21), following a crash that killed the driver, local media reported.
He posted on Facebook a photo of him dangling the baby out of a window with the caption, "1,000 likes or I will drop him."
Borthwick filmed Bogdanovs walking along the edge of the crane and dangling off it with one hand.
THIS picture shows a suspected knife-wielding burglar dangling out of a window during a six-hour stand-off in Everton.