keep (one) waiting

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keep (one) waiting

To force someone 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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Poyet is red-hot favourite to get the job by the end of the week, but Short has insisted on keeping him waiting while he thinks all options through, and caretaker Kevin Ball is likely to take charge against Liverpool on Sunday.
Zola, 37, accused the chairman of keeping him waiting over his future and failing to offer him a one-year deal to stay at Stamford Bridge.
I did feel embarrassed but not as embarrassed as the waitress who didn't recognise him and ended up keeping him waiting for ages.
But Rugby Football Union chiefs are keeping him waiting over whether he is the man they want for their pounds 200,000-a-year post of performance director.