Is there a word (or a better sentence) to describe the following concept:
Enticing someone by letting them know you have the information they seek, yet smugly refuse to divulge it.
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The verb tantalize is relevant. Wiktionary shows two senses:
• to tease (someone) by offering something desirable but keeping it out of reach
• to bait (someone) by showing something desirable but leaving them unsatisfied
Note, in the latter of those senses, bait is used to mean teasing, luring, or enticing someone with something they apparently desire, but keeping it out of their reach.