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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

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

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

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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One huge piece, a rumbling mass of three bison weighing nearly 5000 lb, appears to be suspended in midair over a man-made cliff.
rockets race toward the nuclear missile and destroy it harmlessly in midair.
The Tupolev exploded in midair and crashed into the Black Sea 190 kilometers south of Sochi on Thursday afternoon.
A Russian commercial jetliner with 77 people on board exploded in midair on Thursday and crashed into the Black Sea in an accident that has triggered fear of a suicide terror attack as well as unconfirmed reports of a mistaken missile hit.
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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.
In the aftermath of its investigations into recent midair collisions the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in November released guidance for pilots stressing "the inherent limitations" of the long-standing see-and-avoid practice and urging adoption of technological solutions.
military flight tests have shown how drones could handle midair refuelling by themselves, without human pilots, which raises the possibility of automated "flying gas stations" topping off robotic aircraft over future battlefields.