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keep someone in (a state of) suspense

to make someone wait anxiously for something. Tell us what happened. Don't keep us in a state of suspense. Don't keep me in suspense!
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the suspense is killing me

I can’t wait to learn the outcome. This hyperbole of impatience is a twentieth-century expression of an age-old idea. “Suspense in news is torture, speak them out,” wrote John Milton (Samson Agonistes, 1671). Jonathan Swift claimed, “It is a miserable thing to live in suspense; it is the life of a spider” (Thoughts on Various Subjects, 1714), and F. E. Smedley wrote, “Suspense, that toothache of the mind” (Frank Fairlegh, 1850).
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His novels were characterised by a blend of mystery, adventure, suspense, violence, romance and comedy, achieving massive popularity across a broad readership in South Asia.
In other words, even if you already know what is going to happen next, the text's description of how things "seem" still triggers a feeling of uncertainty and suspense.
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Gone is the usual triangle of, say, a woman in love with two men and the tension and suspense coming from her having to choose, with increasing difficulty, between the two lovers.
Yet, the manner in which political suspense was build over the two premiers' New York meeting till almost the last minute, it even seemed as if the two were finding an escape route to avoid the meeting, but could not.
Or as Moore writes in an essay in Conradiana from 1993, "much of the difficulty of appreciating Suspense lies precisely in the nature of the demands it makes on the historical imagination of the reader" (qtd.
The game of deceit between Suraj and Monica is meant to drive the suspense here, but it is weakly executed.
For the purposes of the CO2 exam, a suspense account balance will be provided, probably based on the first type of situation I have described, together with a number of errors that have been uncovered.
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The study: "The Effect of Suspense on Enjoyment Following a Desirable Outcome: The Mediating Role of Relief.
The illustration on the front cover of four figures in shadow passing though a barbed wire fence where there is a silent bird perched unmoving gives a foretaste of the suspense in the pages within.
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