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."
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keep someone dangling

keep someone, especially a would-be suitor, in an uncertain position.
See also: dangling, keep, someone
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We are looking at young players from Premier League clubs and their managers are perhaps thinking they might be able to get those players out to Championship clubs, so they are keeping us dangling.
You will not be surprised to learn those promises, if they have not been broken, are keeping us dangling for an awfully long time before coming true.
Supermarkets recently put prices up by just 2p, which is keeping us dangling on a string.