string along

verb
|Updated on: 4 May 2018

Definition of string along

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

Examples of string along in a Sentence

  1. the student succeeded in stringing even his teachers along with his tales of family hardships

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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 Synonyms

Antonyms

undeceive;

Phrases

do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes;



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