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.
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But we will have to live with being kept dangling again.
That is why Ryan Giggs is being kept dangling, like some writhing fish on the end of a rod, by his manager and mentor.
Maybe I've seen too many letters from other woman who've been kept dangling on a string by a lover's sob story.
He kept us moving, kept dangling that carrot in front of us:'
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I hope the board are not going to be kept dangling with the promise of money for their shares.