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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The pace was slow and, just as in the first series of Criminal Justice, writer Peter Moffat's script kept us dangling in the dark.
Looking at it, it looks like he just kept us dangling, milked the publicity and then pulled the plug.
From its tantalisingly paradoxical title, to reports of a marathon 2- year long shoot, endless retakes, recasts and reshoots, to rumours of extremely explicit sex scenes involving Hollywood's most famous couple, it has just kept us dangling on the line.