Being led on to believe a girl/boy is interested in dating you, but in fact they just don't want to hurt your feelings and say no. During this often month-plus long process, you will find yourself missing out on many other girls who you were interested in. Could be described as a prolonged tease. Derived from the Marian Hossa crisis of the 2008-2009 NHL offseason, in which Marian Hossa forced the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Club to wait for an answer as to who he would sign with during the free agency period. Much to the contrary of popular speculation, Hossa signed with the Detroit Red Wings.
I thought she liked me, but I was being hossa'd the entire time!