keep (one) waiting

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keep (one) waiting

To force someone 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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References in classic literature ?
Dear Cousin, I'm sorry this stupid fellow has kept you waiting," he said.
Has the inexorable march of technological innovation kept you waiting on the sidelines for a PC that won't be old news by the time you get it out of the box?
If it has kept you waiting for months for an operation, weeks for the result of cancer test or hours to be seen in casualty it is a disgrace.