cliff-hanger

noun
cliff-hang·​er | \ ˈklif-ˌhaŋ-ər How to pronounce cliff-hanger (audio) \

Definition of cliff-hanger

1 : an adventure serial or melodrama especially : one presented in installments each ending in suspense
2 : a contest whose outcome is in doubt up to the very end broadly : a suspenseful situation

Other Words from cliff-hanger

cliff-hanging \ ˈklif-​ˌhaŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce cliff-hanger (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of cliff-hanger

circa 1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cliff-hanger was circa 1931

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“Cliff-hanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cliff-hanger. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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