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Definition of dangle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dangle
    he / she / it dangles
    past simple dangled
    -ing form dangling
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+adv./prep.) to hang or swing freely Gold charms dangled from her bracelet. A single light bulb dangled from the ceiling. His legs dangled over the side of the boat. He sat on the edge with his legs dangling over the side.
  2. 2[transitive] dangle something to hold something so that it hangs or swings freely She dangled her car keys nervously as she spoke.
  3. Idioms
    keep/leave somebody dangling (informal)
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    to keep someone in an uncertain state by not telling them something that they want to know She kept him dangling for a week before making her decision.
    Phrasal Verbsdangle something before/in front of somebody
adjective a pair of dangly earrings
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dangle