Definition of string along in English:

string along

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phrasal verb

informal
  • 1string someone along, string along someoneMislead someone deliberately over a length of time, especially about one's intentions.

    • ‘she had no plans to marry him—she was just stringing him along’
    • ‘And secondly, they've strung us along too long without providing enough interesting plot points to hold anyone's interest.’
    • ‘You were a false friend; you strung us along, and we never realised.’
    • ‘She wants to know why he strung her along and then dumped her.’
    • ‘‘They have been stringing us along,’ said Dr Birket.’
    • ‘It is a decision that has angered the local community which feels the company was just stringing them along with false promises.’
    • ‘Despite the Council being strung along with promises ever since, nothing has materialised.’
    • ‘I was very much in control, which was why I was able to end it rather than be strung along.’
    • ‘We have been strung along for nearly seven years with promises of additional rail halts.’
    • ‘Hitting back, however, a BAA spokeswoman argued: ‘BAA is not stringing along anyone.’’
    • ‘She strings along all the men, and she's playing them all, seducing them all left, right and centre, but actually her heart is still with Athos.’
    mislead, deceive, take in, take advantage of, dupe, hoax, fool, make a fool of, bluff
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  • 2Stay with or accompany a person or group casually or as long as it is convenient.

    • ‘I say we let him string along with us for a while’
    • ‘Of our professional footballers only the following maintain fitness as a matter of course: Eve, Elcock, Lawrence, Rougier, Andrews, Mauge and Carrington, while the rest merely seem to string along.’
    go along, go too, come too, join in
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