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string along

1. To choose or be allowed to accompany or follow someone. I decided to string along and see if they found anything interesting. Do you mind if my little brother strings along with us? My parents want him to get out of the house for a while.
2. To participate or cooperate in an activity or scheme. I'm sorry, but I just can't string along with this. It's wrong. The accountant was sentenced to five years in prison for stringing along with the organized crime syndicate.
3. To act in accordance or agreement with someone else or their actions. If the cops show up at the house because the party's too loud, just string along with whatever I say. I don't know how you convinced the board to string along, but they've approved your proposal.
4. To cause someone to remain in a state of uncertainty or expectation, usually to achieve some end. I feel like they've been stringing us along so that we'll agree to the lower price just to have the deal finished. She's not stringing you along, Jim—she's just being your friend, but you're trying to pretend there's a chance she likes you romantically.
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string someone along

to maintain someone's attention or interest, probably insincerely. You are just stringing me along because you like to borrow my car. You are not a real friend. Rachel strung her along for the sake of old times.
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string along

 (with someone)
1. to follow with someone. Do you mind if I string along with you? I don't mind if you string along.
2. to agree with someone's policies and actions. Okay. I will string along with you this time, but I don't know about the future. I would appreciate it if you would string along just this one time.
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string along

1. Go along with someone, accompany or follow, as in I decided to string along with them, just to see what might happen. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
2. Agree, as in We knew that three committee members would string along with us for now. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
3. string someone along. Keep someone waiting or in a state of uncertainty; also, fool or deceive someone. For example, We were stringing them along, hoping that we'd get a better offer, or She was in tears when she found out that he'd just been stringing her along. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
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string along

v.
1. To keep someone waiting or in a state of uncertainty: The company strung along the job candidate for two weeks before hiring someone else. After I proposed, my girlfriend strung me along for a month before rejecting me.
2. To fool, cheat, or deceive someone: I am worried that they have no intentions of buying the house at all, but are just stringing us along. The con artist strung along the tourists for an hour before they caught on.
3. To agree; go along: They strung along with the plan despite its obvious flaws.
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For the past seven years the council has strung us along with empty promises."
The judge told Ware: "You have strung us along for many months in the hope and expectation of (receiving) funds so that people could be paid back.
We feel that they strung us along to keep our mouths shut about the pathetic sentence for taking our son's life."
What if the former Celtic boss has all this time strung us along? What if all along he has known he can have whichever job he wants and is merely waiting for the odds to drift far enough for a monster coup to be pulled?
With the hope of new homes they have strung us along. The words they have fed us have gone and misled us For now they are singing a different song."
We were in development with a couple of networks in Canada--I won't say which ones--that strung us along for years." Jones's and Beaver's pitch to Black Walk for Ham & Cheese, by contrast, was approved in a couple of hours.
'It is saving a lot of money by not signing, they have played their hand very well and strung us along for six months.'
Chairman of the market traders Mark Tate, of George Perry fruit and veg, said: "They have strung us along with the Witton market for about five years and then suddenly it is all off and we've got 18 months to sort ourselves out.
I think he strung us along a little but he is going to Tottenham and we will get on with it.
He added: "We've always admitted we lost the ticket but Camelot have strung us along and given us false hope.
From the denial of Princess Anne's engagement to Mark Phillips, to Diana's eating disorders, to the end of the Wales's marriage, the royals and their minions have strung us along with a pack of lies...