He almost hated Edith for the tantalising smile she shot after him as he moved away, defeated.
How tantalising it was to the thirsty throats of those who watched it!
It was tantalising to watch them and not to be able to get hold of any.
It was tantalising to get no more than hints into a character that interested me so much.
In this letter occurs a sentence of tantalising obscurity: 'Sola nos Alpha complectitur ubi ea littera non timetur.'
What in the name of golf is the line that must be taken in a tantalising case of this kind?
It was tantalising, also, to reflect that we could not carry any quantity on our intended voyage.
She smiled a lofty, condescending, tantalising smile and left him.
It was a grisly embodiment of their secret griefs, a tantalising vision of the unattainable.
Well, if you will, you will I suppose, you tantalising child!
1590s, from Latin Tantalus, from Greek Tantalos, king of Phrygia, son of Zeus, punished in the afterlife (for an offense variously given) by being made to stand in a river up to his chin, under branches laden with fruit, all of which withdrew from his reach whenever he tried to eat or drink. His story was known to Chaucer (c.1369).