string along

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 string alonging 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

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The observatory spans one cubic kilometer of ice and consists of 5,160 sensors strung along cables and sunk deep into the ice. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blazing a trail: UW professor's dream leads to breakthrough in identifying origin of cosmic rays," 12 July 2018 The historic downtown is strung along a few blocks of a divided Route 66. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 Church bells rang out and black bunting was strung along buildings. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The epic journey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train," 30 Apr. 2018 Lights strung along the promenade form shapes of the town's lifeblood. Jessica Meyers,, "A victim of its own industrial success, China's hanger capital is now just hanging on," 23 Apr. 2018 The clock has stood still in this tiny fishing village strung along a series of small coves on the Costa Brava, at the end of a winding road. Alexander Lobrano, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Guide to Spain's Mediterranean Coast," 6 June 2017 Most notable is the dan bau, a single silk string along a bamboo tube. Mark Swed,, "My Lai massacre, 50 years later: Jonathan Berger's opera captures the madness," 12 Mar. 2018 The song’s melody is straight as anything -- one syllable to a beat, quarter-notes all strung along in a row. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Ultimate Guide to Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'," 14 Dec. 2017 Perhaps the mere promise of future tax cuts is enough to string along an otherwise calm stock market. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Why Does the Stock Market Keep Going Up?," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of string along

1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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