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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Don't keep her dangling. Let her go so that she can find somebody else to give her the commitment she wants.
OK, you've been honest, but are you playing power games, giving her just enough attention to keep her dangling? Let her go so she can find somebody who'll commit to her.