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 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 Here’s my argument: When times were fat—like, six months ago—auto makers could afford to pad the bill and string along consumers with new features. Dan Neil, WSJ, "How Much Is Too Much to Pay for a Honda?," 29 May 2020 Small white lights strung along the ceiling evoke a starry sky. Eric Velasco, al, "Sol y Luna restaurant reopens, revives favorite dishes," 4 May 2020 The ski area resembles a vast white curtain strung along six high peaks, trails plummeting for 3,000 vertical feet among the folds and ripples. Cindy Hirschfeld, New York Times, "Utah Powder and Steeps, Without the Crowds," 18 Feb. 2020 Fairy lights were strung along the outside the church, and small plastic tealights were handed out at the door. Washington Post, "Virginia community recalls mass shooting on 10th anniversary," 25 Jan. 2020 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. Washington Post, "Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams," 15 Oct. 2019 By no means is this a team-friendly approach, but Prescott probably has received the advice to exhibit patience in a cap-growing world and appreciate the high reward, low risk in stringing along the Cowboys. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Cowboys roundtable: Which player needs to improve the most in 2020?," 3 Mar. 2020 My favorite place on Earth is up a rutted dirt road that strings along a creek in southwest Colorado. Peter Heller, Outdoor Life, "When Wilderness is a Catch-22," 17 Feb. 2020 There were 20 fish factories strung along the bay, a constellation of churches and schools, a cinema hall built in art deco, and, in the central plaza, massive drying racks for the tons upon tons of fish hauled out of the sea. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "A crisis in the water is decimating this once-booming fishing town," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of string along

1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“String along.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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