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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She simply captivates her reading audience and keeps them dangling until the very end.
Convinced that they can lease the land, they have already contracted with various construction firms to build a waste-processing plant, but the old lady keeps them dangling and causes them considerable embarrassment.
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