Definition of dangle in English:

dangle

verb

  • 1no object, with adverbial of place Hang or swing loosely.

    ‘saucepans dangled from a rail’
    with object ‘they were dangling their legs over the water’
    • ‘His raven hair dangled loosely in front of his face as he remained where he was, refusing to move.’
    • ‘The clothes are tight, earrings dangling from their ears.’
    • ‘From the long tapering fingers of her right hand a golden chain dangled and swinging idly from its end hung a small iridescent vial.’
    • ‘He hung from the crossbar, his legs dangling uselessly in mid air.’
    • ‘With her head lowered, the girl shuffled on down into the halls, her hands dangling loosely by her sides.’
    • ‘A dozen gold chandeliers, with no doubt real crystals dangling from them, hung from the ceiling.’
    • ‘Idande was sitting not far from me on the chimney, raised above my head, his legs dangling and swinging gently like a child might sit.’
    • ‘She makes no effort to hide the coils that dangle loosely at her side.’
    • ‘Jamie lay on the bed, a lit cigarette dangling loosely from the corner of his mouth.’
    • ‘The decision made, he turned and swaggered out of the door, idle hands swinging and dangling as he strode manfully toward the stairwell.’
    • ‘He made his way towards her and sat on the swing beside her, his legs dangling, his toes gently scuffing the grass, as he made no effort to swing, only sway lightly.’
    • ‘Eric had no tie on, and his friend had his loosely dangling from his neck.’
    • ‘She promptly sat down at the end of the pier, her legs dangling off the end as she swung them slightly.’
    • ‘Gasping loudly and making a grab for a near by branch she caught herself just in time and dangled loosely from it.’
    • ‘A white pearl necklace hung about her neck while pearl earrings dangled from her ear lobes.’
    • ‘She found Cousin sitting on the steps of the front porch hands dangling loosely on his knees.’
    • ‘The point of attaching the parachute bridle to the carabineer is that then you can dangle from the hang glider as you come down under chute.’
    • ‘Yesterday, while finishing off my accounts, I looked up to find a pair of legs dangling outside the window.’
    • ‘Her sword dangled loosely from her hand, but it didn't seem like she was dropping it any time soon.’
    • ‘He put her limp left arm across her body so that it wouldn't dangle loosely, harming the joint, and lifted her up.’
    hanging, drooping, droopy, suspended, supported from above, pendulous, pendent, swinging, swaying, trailing, flowing, falling, tumbling
    hang, hang down, droop, sag, swing, sway, wave, trail, stream
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    1. 1.1with object Offer (an enticing incentive) to someone.
      ‘the defence portfolio could be the carrot to dangle before him’
      • ‘The government is dangling a free alternative in front of them the moment they leave hospital.’
      • ‘The offer of further employment is dangled before them like a carrot, if their work is good enough.’
      • ‘At last he reaches the final few notes, his body devoid of tension and he adds a slight delay as if playing with the listener, dangling the promise of an encore.’
      • ‘Jamie Hughes never imagined employers would dangle job offers and signing bonuses six months before her college graduation.’
      • ‘What gets me is the blatant attempt to get you to vote for this madness by dangling the job carrot.’
      • ‘Esat is also dangling a ‘free trial’ offer in front of residential customers.’
      • ‘That is why the tax relief is dangled as an incentive.’
      • ‘That's an enticement the federal government shouldn't allow states to dangle before these women.’
      • ‘It dangles a tantalising prize in front of the leadership candidates - a policy, and more importantly a symbol, that would forever banish the image of old-fashioned Conservatism.’
      • ‘Few people refuse the offer of a large sum of money when it is dangled in front of them.’
      • ‘To entice companies to bring home profits earned abroad, he dangles a one-time reduced 5% tax on repatriated earnings.’
      • ‘Agency officials are also good at dangling carrots before committee members, he says.’
      • ‘Motivation, for most people, involves dangling a carrot, some form of reward to aim for.’
      • ‘On other occasions, he dangles possibilities in front of the reader, but then fails to develop them to their logical conclusion.’
      • ‘I get entertained by a talent who dangles outsider clichés without any idea what to say.’
      • ‘So although he admits he hasn't yet begun to write the screenplay and he's bound by secrecy contracts, he can't resist dangling a few teasers.’
      • ‘The French eventually tried to break the stalemate by dangling a lure in front of Gen. Giap.’
      • ‘But Sarsgaard dangles enough money in front of her that she succumbs to the lure of cold hard cash.’
      • ‘Cities spent decades dangling tax breaks and other financial sweeteners to attract big business.’
      • ‘The program dangles special offers and instruction.’
      offer, hold out
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Phrases

  • keep someone dangling

    • Keep someone in an uncertain position.

      ‘he was kept dangling—offered a place in the team and then dropped’
      • ‘A Russian mission in Cairo is keeping him dangling over how much responsibility they are willing to assume in building the Aswan High Dam.’
      • ‘I keep you dangling between belief and disbelief by turns, and I don't mind admitting that I have a reason for it.’
      • ‘Instead of working to build a stable, loving, fun and well-rounded relationship, he's keeping you dangling.’
      • ‘That would be the healthiest thing to do for all involved - no need to force Martin to make a decision, and no need to keep Kathy dangling in hopes of a possible relationship.’
      • ‘It need not diminish our respect for him because he was kept dangling two years in England by suggestions of another appointment.’

Origin

Late 16th century: symbolic of something loose and pendulous, corresponding to Danish dangle, Swedish dangla, but the origin is unclear.

Pronunciation

dangle

/ˈdaŋɡ(ə)l/