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.
See also: keep, somebody, waiting
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I'm not like others to keep you waiting, and making up accounts and reckoning fines.
Sometimes I keep you waiting just a little while "But I know the answer you'receivewill really make you smile".
So I phoned her provider, Scottish Hydro, and got the message, "We are sorry to keep you waiting due to the high volume of calls.
15 hours switch to call centre response so that when you get through they keep you waiting, (at whatever rate they charge) for 30 minutes before they state they are unable to answer your query.
On the other hand, if you keep on the line and they keep you waiting longer then they should pay a penalty.