cliff-hanger

noun cliff-hang·er \ ˈklif-ˌhaŋ-ər \

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

cliff-hanging

play \-iŋ\ adjective

First Known Use of cliff-hanger

circa 1931

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cliff-hanger Synonyms

Near Antonyms

yawner;

blowout;

Related Words

photo finish, squeaker;


CLIFF-HANGER Defined for English Language Learners

cliff-hanger

Definition of cliff-hanger for English Language Learners

  • : a story, contest, or situation that is very exciting because what is going to happen next is not known



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