string along

verb
strung along; stringing along; strings along

Definition of string along

transitive verb

1 : to keep waiting strung him along until the boss was back from lunch
2 : deceive, fool stringing us along with ruses and red herrings— John Powers

intransitive verb

: go along, agree held her tongue and strung along with the rest of them

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Examples of string along in a Sentence

the student succeeded in stringing even his teachers along with his tales of family hardships
Recent Examples on the Web The three dams operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are a critical part of a complex hydroelectric network strung along the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that powers the entire region. Gillian Flaccus, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams," 14 Oct. 2019 In 1890s France a courtesan falls in love with a young writer but strings along a duke who can finance improvements to the night spot. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 From a distance, the building looks a bit like an isolated prison, with high walls and barbed wire strung along the roof to keep monkeys from breaking solar panels. New York Times, "India’s Widows, Abused at Home, Have Sought Refuge in This Holy City for Centuries," 27 Aug. 2019 Rough Is an Understatement’ Horstmann’s pattern was eerily familiar for Schulman, who was strung along by Dean Unglert in Paradise last summer. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelor in Paradise's Kristina Schulman Explains Why She Rejected Blake Horstmann," 17 Sep. 2019 Kim has strung along the president with flowery, flattering love letters. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "The ‘Trump Doctrine’: He’d rather talk than fight," 23 June 2019 The observatory uses 5,160 sensors strung along 86 cables extending down holes drilled more than a mile deep into the ice. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Madison scientists expand effort to solve mysteries of universe inside South Pole ice," 16 July 2019 Banks can make an exception to the 90-day rule, especially when you’ve been strung along like this by a business. The Mercury News, "Problem Solved: Tidewater Workshop’s threats fall flat," 30 June 2019 Banks can make an exception to the 90-day rule, especially when you’ve been strung along like this by a business. Christopher Elliott, courant.com, "A year is too long to wait for furniture," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of string along

1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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16 Nov 2019

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“String along.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/string%20along. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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