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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If you allow him to keep you dangling, professing his undying love one minute and then telling you he's too "confused" to come back the next, then you'll never be able to move on.
If she gets in touch and you want to offer her marriage, do so, but be prepared for her to keep you dangling. If she says no, move on.
He won't keep you dangling, " says Dave Codling, who runs Rovert Equipment Company, as he ends his 60-second sell.
One, she feels guilty because she caused the split, and two, she wants to keep you dangling.
She also wants to keep you dangling just in case your mate does decide to dump her.
There are many other men out there, single men, who will love you enough not to keep you dangling in the way he will if you give him the chance.