I had a case today where I really didn't know what to choose:

My friend: Please, wait me on the first floor, I'm coming soon.

I (me): Ok. But Don't give / cause / let / make me wait for long?

Which of the bold verbs is idiomatic in this context?

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Strictly as you've written the sentences, only the last two are grammatical. However, with some slight rephrasing, all of these would be fine:

Okay. But don't give me a reason to wait for long.
Okay. But don't cause me to wait for long.
Okay. But don't let me wait for long.
Okay. But don't make me wait for long.

Which you use is up to you and the specific message you want to convey.

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