leave (someone) dangling

idiom
variants: also keep (someone) dangling
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of leave (someone) dangling

informal
: to force someone to be in an uncertain position or to wait for a decision
  • We were kept dangling for weeks while the bank reviewed our loan application.

Word by Word Definitions

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

dangle play dangling
  1. : to hang loosely and usually so as to be able to swing freely

  2. : to be a hanger-on or a dependent

  3. : to occur in a sentence without having a normally expected syntactic relation to the rest of the sentence (such as climbing in "Climbing the mountain the cabin came into view")

  1. : the action of dangling

  2. : something that dangles


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