leave (someone) dangling

variants: less commonly

keep (someone) dangling

Definition of leave (someone) dangling

informal

  1. :  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

leaveplay
  1. :  bequeath, devise

    :  to have remaining after one's death

    :  to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. :  permission to do something

    :  authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

    :  an act of leaving :  departure

  1. :  leaf

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

    :  to be a hanger-on or a dependent

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

  1. :  the action of dangling

    :  something that dangles


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