leave hanging

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leave (one) hanging

To withhold information from one when it is expected to be delivered, or more broadly to leave one in an unsettled state or without some kind of resolution. Hey, don't leave me hanging—did you get the job or not? The consultants were supposed to deliver the report last week, but they've kind of left us hanging.
See also: hanging, leave

leave someone or something hanging (in midair)

 and keep someone or something hanging (in midair) 
1. Lit. to keep someone or something suspended in midair when support for the person or thing is removed. The ladder collapsed and left me hanging in midair. Fortunately, I grabbed onto the windowsill.
2. Fig. to suspend dealing with someone or something; to leave someone or something waiting to be finished or continued. She left her sentence hanging in midair. Tell me the rest of the story. Don't leave me hanging in midair.
See also: hanging, leave

leave hanging

Also, leave hanging in the air or in midair . Keep undecided, uncertain, or in suspense. For example, Since we hadn't found a big enough hall, we left the final date hanging, or She couldn't figure out a good ending for the book, so her audience was left hanging in midair .
See also: hanging, leave
References in classic literature ?
They are afraid to go to her father Icarius, asking him to choose the one he likes best, and to provide marriage gifts for his daughter, but day by day they keep hanging about my father's house, sacrificing our oxen, sheep, and fat goats for their banquets, and never giving so much as a thought to the quantity of wine they drink.
That's what the league is about, you've got to keep going and keep hanging in there.
We have to keep hanging in there until such times as they come.
She tells Happy that the reason behind the Commodores going their separate ways was because some of them got sick of each other especially since some of them just keep hanging around.
What we proved yet again is that if you keep hanging in there and you're within a score going into the dying minutes, you've always got a chance.
And think long term - if you keep hanging on, hoping this guy will show up, you might miss the opportunity of meeting someone who's really great and with whom you can have a proper relationship.
Hydration crystals can help keep hanging baskets moist
Though trapped in an abhorrent situation, June remains forever hopeful that life will improve and when she meets and makes friends with Blister, he provides the positive influence she needs to keep hanging on.
Despite his admission that he still loves Evie, Skye falls for Tank, and suggests they keep hanging out, despite warnings from her friends that he is dangerous.
Despite his admission that he still loves Evie, Skye falls for Tank, and suggests that they keep hanging out, despite warnings from her friends that he is dangerous.
We cannot abandon the nation while the people keep hanging on without a solution to their standing issues.
Well, we know that once a whitetall feels safe in its surroundings, it will keep hanging around in most situations.
Weir's tears flowed at 15 when the cowardly gang around his new girlfriend phoned him to threaten: "If you keep hanging around we're going to take you out into the desert and leave you there without your crutches or your chair.
KEEP hanging basket chains as short as possible in winter to stop them being blown about.
Steve, Maldon New rules a turn-off Example: Jockey uses up his whip strokes to keep hanging horse off other runners then can't use the whip to ride a finish.