string along


strung along; stringing along; strings along

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

Example Sentences

the student succeeded in stringing even his teachers along with his tales of family hardships
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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of string along was in 1914

Dictionary Entries Near string along

Cite this Entry

“String along.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

string along

: to go along : agree
string along with the majority
: deceive sense 1, fool
would string us along with false promises
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