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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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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 someone dangling

keep someone, especially a would-be suitor, in an uncertain position.
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It's thought he had been dangling for more than two hours.
Traffic was brought to a standstill as nearby streets were cordoned off until the dangling platform could be properly secured.
RAWALPINDI, November 21, 2011 (Frontier Star): The uncovered live electric wires dangling from electric poles and in streets and roads in residential and commercial areas particularly congested localities of the town, pose a serious threat to human lives, but the authorities concerned seem unmoved.
A SCHOOLGIRL who found a tape measure dangling from a railway bridge was fighting for her life last night after a 25,000 volt shock.
A JEALOUS lover who left his girlfriend dangling from a car as he raced through a city escaped jail yesterday.
By ISLAMABAD, July 09, 2011 (Frontier Star): With the monsoon season at its peak, uncovered electric wires dangling from electric poles in residential areas of industrial sectors, pose an additional threat to human life, yet the authorities seem unmoved.
Staff arriving for work six hours later were greeted by a pair of legs dangling from the shaft.
His body was left dangling 15ft off the ground as the 11,000-volt power supply was turned off to allow rescuers to bring him down.
John Allen, leader of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team said: "He was left dangling and he couldn't climb back up because he had damaged his ankle and was in shock.
Motorists alerted the bridge operator after they spotted Helen Koton dangling from a rail 60ft above the river in Hallandale Beach, Florida.