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Definition of dangle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dangle

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæŋɡl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dangle
    BrE BrE//ˈdæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæŋɡl//
     
    he / she / it dangles
    BrE BrE//ˈdæŋɡlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæŋɡlz//
     
    past simple dangled
    BrE BrE//ˈdæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæŋɡld//
     
    past participle dangled
    BrE BrE//ˈdæŋɡld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæŋɡld//
     
    -ing form dangling
    BrE BrE//ˈdæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæŋɡlɪŋ//
     
     
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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. Word Origin late 16th cent.: symbolic of something loose and pendulous, corresponding to Danish dangle, Swedish dangla, but the origin is unclear.Extra examples He dangled his legs over the edge of the bridge. He dangled the prospect of enormous wealth before us. Her arms dangled loosely by her sides. His foothold gave way, and he was left dangling from his rope. The boss wanted us to work more hours, dangling the carrot of well-paid overtime.Idioms
    keep/leave somebody dangling
     
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    (informal) to keep somebody 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 somebody
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