string along

verb
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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Rough Is an Understatement’ Horstmann’s pattern was eerily familiar for Schulman, who was strung along by Dean Unglert in Paradise last summer. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelor in Paradise's Kristina Schulman Explains Why She Rejected Blake Horstmann," 17 Sep. 2019 Kim has strung along the president with flowery, flattering love letters. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "The ‘Trump Doctrine’: He’d rather talk than fight," 23 June 2019 The observatory uses 5,160 sensors strung along 86 cables extending down holes drilled more than a mile deep into the ice. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Madison scientists expand effort to solve mysteries of universe inside South Pole ice," 16 July 2019 Banks can make an exception to the 90-day rule, especially when you’ve been strung along like this by a business. The Mercury News, "Problem Solved: Tidewater Workshop’s threats fall flat," 30 June 2019 Banks can make an exception to the 90-day rule, especially when you’ve been strung along like this by a business. Christopher Elliott, courant.com, "A year is too long to wait for furniture," 28 June 2019 Such hooks, or katiyas, on open transmission wires strung along street lights, are a popular method of electricity theft in India. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Can smart meters re-energise India’s crumbling power distribution companies?," 18 June 2019 Now, craft breweries dot the Pinellas Peninsula from downtown St. Pete to outlying communities to the beach towns strung along the Gulf Coast. Katherine Rodeghier, Dallas News, "St. Petersburg, Fla., goes from senior rest home to hipster hangout," 18 June 2019 Surveys from volunteer trash pickup events sponsored by the environmental nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes found more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines between 2016 and last year. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "18,000 pieces of balloon waste were found in Great Lakes: Why it's a danger," 23 May 2019

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First Known Use of string along

1914, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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