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to make someone excited about getting something -- often something they cannot get
The word, tantalize, comes from a Greek mythological story about the eternal  punishment of someone named Tantulus. He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree. But when he reached up for the fruit, it withdrew just out of his reach. And when he bent down to drink, the water receded before his lips could reach it.