Definition of lead someone a dance (or a merry dance) in US English:

lead someone a dance (or a merry dance)

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British
  • Cause someone a great deal of trouble or worry.

    • ‘The solicitors then tried to find the conveyancing file. They were led a merry dance in their search for this file, and in the end they eventually located it through approaching a successor firm.’
    • ‘Carlow were led a merry dance by Offaly in the semi-final of the Leinster Vocational Schools SFC in Stradbally on Friday.’
    • ‘Now it is the turn of the international financial markets to be led a merry dance by Argentina.’
    • ‘Motta showed the habitual strengths and weaknesses of his game as he was led a merry dance by Makelele and was involved in taut action with Drogba.’
    • ‘He was led a merry dance by Lord Fairfax and his son, Sir Thomas and was never able to totally overcome this energetic pair of Roundheads.’