keep (one) waiting

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keep (one) waiting

To force one to wait to get something or for something to happen. We were asked to be at the court at 9 AM for the hearing, but they kept us waiting for over three hours. Sorry I kept you waiting—my car ran out of gas halfway here.
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keep somebody ˈwaiting

make somebody wait or be delayed, especially because you arrive late: I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.
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"Yes," she mused, "there was something unnatural about Anna Pavlovna, and utterly unlike her good nature, when she said angrily the day before yesterday: 'There, he will keep waiting for you; he wouldn't drink his coffee without you, though he's grown so dreadfully weak.' "
With the air of one conferring an unusual favour, she vouchsafed to undertake the sending up of my things; and when I had re-entered my room, and waited and wondered a long time (greatly fearing that she had forgotten or neglected to perform her promise, and doubting whether to keep waiting or go to bed, or go down again), my hopes, at length, were revived by the sound of voices and laughter, accompanied by the tramp of feet along the passage; and presently the luggage was brought in by a rough-looking maid and a man, neither of them very respectful in their demeanour to me.
[USA], July 25 (ANI): With just a few days to go for the release of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' where he will be seen as a fading Hollywood star, Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio said that he will keep waiting for good projects when he will be less wanted in the industry.
Foggy waters sleep so deep under the moonlight's cover, still a dream away, I keep waiting to discover another.
No doubt that converting the book licence to card is such a difficult task that I being a senior citizen, who was issued the driving licence in year 1970 finds it immensely disturbing to keep waiting in line for conversion to card.
I can't keep waiting for this, it needs to be done.
Consultations are underway...So what does it mean to keep waiting?" Geagea said that the Syrian custody was over.
PESHAWAR -- Every night the stray dogs keep waiting for the bikers to pass by them on the roads and streets of the provincial capital as their is no action from either the municipal authorities or the cantonment board.
If we keep waiting for Cisse to do something, we will be waiting a rather long time.
Audit Scotland said all 15 boards were struggling to fulfil commitments to keep waiting lists down.
If the promise was made less than 40 days ago, you might as well keep waiting patiently.
Waiting list clerks have been told to cancel operations for anyone over the 18-week limit and book in as many patients needing minor operations as possible to keep waiting times down.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has relaxed some NHS targets on waiting times but he and Prime Minister David Cameron have pledged to keep waiting times low.
QUETTA, August 09, 2011 (Frontier Star) -- The up and down trains here continue running inordinately delayed piling miseries to the hapless passengers, who have no option but to keep waiting on the crowded platforms for hours with little necessary facilities available, especially for the women and children suffering most.
Shadow health secretary John Healey said: "Yesterday David Cameron pledged to keep waiting times low.