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
References in classic literature ?
There are one or two people I'm fond of, and there's a little good music, and a few pictures, now and then--just enough to keep one dangling about here.