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cliffhanger

Syllabification: cliff·hang·er
Pronunciation: /ˈklifˌhaNGər
 
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Definition of cliffhanger in English:

noun

1An ending to an episode of a serial drama that leaves the audience in suspense.
Example sentences
  • Of course, in keeping with the name of the program, each episode of each serial ended with a cliffhanger.
  • And then, like a dramatic cliffhanger, the day ended.
  • Complications arise during the surgery, but a cliffhanger ending leads the audience to wonder if Dr. Brown has managed a second miracle.
1.1A story or event with a strong element of suspense: the game was a cliffhanger right up to the final buzzer
More example sentences
  • Good handicapping meant clashes like the Jane Fletcher Memorial Cup match between Chowbent B and Metro A stayed a cliffhanger until the final games.
  • Knights supporters took over South Leeds Stadium yesterday and witnessed the latest in a long line of heart-stopping stories stolen from the script of a comic-book cliffhanger.
  • It's going to be a cliffhanger, and you're going to have the same story in 2000.

Derivatives

cliffhanging

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌhaNGiNG/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The hype has worked, but the reality is a lumbering, unconvincing tale that is filled with one cliffhanging moment after another but never builds into a satisfying thriller.
  • The last few days have been feeling like the cliffhanging episode in the so-called thriller that is [not] my life
  • Only the other day the Evening Press reported that the cliffhanging House In The Rock had been bought by a Pateley Bridge antiques dealer.

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