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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He sounds like someone who is quite controlling and manipulative, keeping you dangling and never sure of his feelings for you.
Guys pretend to be platonic friends because they want to graduate to something more later on; the naive ones may even fall for the old line: 'I like to get to know a guy as a friend before I get into a relationship.' This is a complete lie; a woman will either enter a relationship or she won't; if she's keeping you dangling take it as a lesson learnt and move on.
He sees you as a friend with benefits and is keeping you dangling on a thread with the vague possibility that he might want kids or marriage in future.
He is playing you - keeping you dangling - and gets in touch when he's in the mood.
He's also controlling - drawing you in and making you feel special, then punishing you when you don't do what he wants and keeping you dangling.
Is she worried her daughter, despite what you say, wouldn't approve, or does she like keeping you dangling on a string?