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be left hanging (in the air/in midair)

To remain unresolved or unaddressed. I don't think he's very knowledgeable on this topic—my very basic question was left hanging in the air.
See also: air, hanging, left

in midair

Moving through the air. One of their players was able to intercept the ball in midair and the score a touchdown. Look at this great picture I've got of you in midair! And here's one from right when you hit the water.
See also: midair

keep (one) hanging (in midair)

1. To withhold information from one when it is expected to be delivered. Hey, don't keep me hanging—did you get the job or not?
2. To leave one in an unsettled state or without some kind of resolution. The consultants were supposed to deliver the report last week, but they've kind of kept us hanging in midair.
See also: hanging, keep

leave (one) hanging in midair

To withhold information from one when it is expected to be delivered, or more broadly to leave one in an unsettled state or without some kind of resolution. Hey, don't leave me hanging in midair—did you get the job or not? The consultants were supposed to deliver the report last week, but they've kind of left us hanging in midair.
See also: hanging, leave, midair
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in midair

in a point high in the air. The planes crashed in midair. Extra fuel was released from the plane in midair.
See also: midair

leave someone or something hanging (in midair)

 and keep someone or something hanging (in midair) 
1. Lit. to keep someone or something suspended in midair when support for the person or thing is removed. The ladder collapsed and left me hanging in midair. Fortunately, I grabbed onto the windowsill.
2. Fig. to suspend dealing with someone or something; to leave someone or something waiting to be finished or continued. She left her sentence hanging in midair. Tell me the rest of the story. Don't leave me hanging in midair.
See also: hanging, leave
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave hanging

Also, leave hanging in the air or in midair . Keep undecided, uncertain, or in suspense. For example, Since we hadn't found a big enough hall, we left the final date hanging, or She couldn't figure out a good ending for the book, so her audience was left hanging in midair .
See also: hanging, leave


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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The Defense Agency on Thursday presented to three Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) security affairs panels a draft of a bill eyeing funding in fiscal 2001 for procurement of a midair refueling plane, agency officials said.