string along

verb

strung along; stringing along; strings 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 herringsJohn Powers

intransitive verb

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

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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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

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Cite this Entry

“String along.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/string%20along. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

string along

verb
1
: to go along : agree
string along with the majority
2
: deceive sense 1, fool
would string us along with false promises
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