leave hanging Also, leave hanging in the air or in midair. Keep undecided, uncertain, or in suspense. For example, Since we hadn't found a big enough hall, we left the final date hanging, or She couldn't figure out a good ending for the book, so her audience was left hanging in midair.
leave hanging (in the air)
leave undecided or unsettled Whether or not they will be leaving next year was left hanging in the air at the end of the meeting.
leave hanging in midair
Idiom(s): leave someone or something hanging in midair AND keep someone or something hanging in midair
to suspend dealing with someone or something; to leave someone or something waiting to be finished or continued. • She left her sentence hanging in midair. • She left us hanging in midair when she paused. • Tell me the rest of the story. Don't leave me hanging in midair. • Don't leave the story hanging in midair.
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v. phr. To leave undecided or unsettled. Because the committee could not decide on a time and place, the matter of the spring dance was left hanging.Ted's mother didn't know what to do about the broken window, so his punishment was left hanging in the air until his father came home. Compare: UP IN THE AIR.