keep (one) waiting

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keep (one) waiting

To force one to wait to get something or for something to happen. We were asked to be at the court at 9 AM for the hearing, but they kept us waiting for over three hours. Sorry I kept you waiting—my car ran out of gas halfway here.
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keep somebody ˈwaiting

make somebody wait or be delayed, especially because you arrive late: I’m sorry to have kept you waiting.
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When the men got out they never said they were sorry to have kept us waiting so long, but were angry at the charge; however, as Jerry never charged more than was his due, so he never took less, and they had to pay for the two hours and a quarter waiting; but it was hard-earned money to Jerry.
Micawber, with his usual suddenness of warmth on that subject, 'as the member of your family - whoever he, she, or it, may be - has kept us waiting for a considerable period, perhaps the Member may now wait MY convenience.'
"Friends as many as you please, but allow me," interrupted the harsh voice of Lebedeff's nephew--" allow me to tell you that you might have treated us rather more politely, and not have kept us waiting at least two hours ...
She made an appointment to address us in our armchairs at 8.15pm but rudely, and without explanation or regret, kept us waiting and did not show up until 8.35pm.
Not to mention we'd get to meet the little man, although in the end he kept us waiting 11 days past his due date.
That would be at 10.30pm - although it was even later, as the teasing BBC kept us waiting until a few minutes past 10 before finally unveiling the last episode.
Assistant trainer Harry Eustace said of the 5-2 winner: "He kept us waiting with a photo, but he is a joy to train.
Josh Cobb and Adam Rossington put on a partnership that kept us waiting but we kept our cool and kept hammering away.
Unfortunately it turns out that it's not actually in Toblerone or chocolate truffle form, but he does use cocoa powder to add depth to a smoky THE GRAND TOUR Amazon Prime Video THEY'VE kept us waiting a fair old while, we've watched Chris Evans crash and burn in the meantime, but now the trio "badly-dressed middle-aged men" " (their words, not ours) are finally back on the small screen.
THE GRAND TOUR Amazon Prime Video THEY'VE kept us waiting a fair old while, we've watched Chris Evans crash and burn in the meantime, but now the trio of "badly-dressed middle-aged men" (their words, not ours) are finally back on the small screen.
They've kept us waiting a fair old while during which we've watched Chris Evans crash and burn.
He's kept us waiting a very long time, but it was worth it.
"This is exactly what happened with Jose Enrique 12 months ago, when he and his people kept us waiting until he moved to Liverpool right at the death on transfer-deadline day.