keep (one) guessing

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keep (one) guessing

To withhold information from someone so they don't know what will happen or what one will do next. I feel like my girlfriend is always trying to keep me guessing. I just never feel totally comfortable with her. In show business, it's important to keep your audience guessing, to keep them engaged.
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keep somebody ˈguessing

(informal) not tell somebody about your plans or what is going to happen next: It’s the kind of book that keeps you guessing right to the end. OPPOSITE: give the game away
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But he said: "Everybody keeps asking me if I'm married - it's nice to keep them guessing.
This course of action will serve to keep the offense off-balance and, through the use of effective disguises, keep them guessing about your defensive intentions.
Then she adds, with a laugh, ``If I can keep them guessing, then maybe I'll keep working.
Among the many intimate personal moments, there appear enough newsroom slugfests, behind-the-scenes preening, leaks, and gossip to satisfy the most ardent news junkies, and to keep them guessing who's who.