Idiom:  leave someone hanging


Idiom:  keep / leave someone hanging

  • to keep someone waiting for information, a response or decision

Example sentences

— I really wanted that job but they left me hanging for two months after the interview and I accepted another offer.

— It’s really unprofessional for us to leave our customers hanging this long for a decision.

— What happened to our plans tonight? Don't leave me hanging!

— My husband kept me hanging about going on vacation for so long that there are no cheap flights left to Miami.

We were left hanging for almost 24 hours without any information, not knowing whether our daughter was dead or alive.

— Sorry, but since you left me hanging for a week, I invited someone else to the concert.

— Could you try not to keep me hanging too long this time? I need to know the date as soon as possible.

— Tell the speaker that we need an answer today. They can't keep us hanging any longer or we won't be able to get someone else if they can't participate.

— I'm calling back because I was left hanging 20 minutes and I figured you forgot I was waiting on the line.

— My son accepted a scholarship from the University of Denver because you all left him hanging for the past month.

I left John hanging for two days after he invited me to the dance. I was trying to make him jealous but now he's just very angry.


  • keep someone waiting
  • hold someone up
  • keep in a holding pattern

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