spoiler alert

noun

Definition of spoiler alert

: a reviewer's warning that a plot spoiler is about to be revealed

Examples of spoiler alert in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not only does jazz musician Joe (Foxx) spend most of the movie as a celestial blob and later a housecat, but – spoiler alert! Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "The definitive ranking of all 23 Pixar movies (including 'Soul')," 29 Dec. 2020 Typically, it’s the Dolphins trying to play spoiler alert for the Patriots during these late season matchups. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Who has the edge? Dolphins vs. Patriots," 17 Dec. 2020 Adults like them too because -- spoiler alert -- sleeping on the ground becomes a less appealing proposition as you age, and a lie-flat hammock can be a game changer for old spines. al, "Gift guide for campers and hikers: Help them get out there," 9 Dec. 2020 This isn't a spoiler alert, but Little Weirds has a happy ending. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Jenny Slate on Little Weirds and looking back at trauma from the other side," 2 Dec. 2020 In the intro to the HBO sci-fi series Westworld, a 3D printer churns out humanoid robots, delicately assembling the incredible complexities of the human form so that those robots can go on to—spoiler alert—do naughty things. Matt Simon, Wired, "This Squishy 3D-Printed Human Heart Feels Like the Real Thing," 23 Nov. 2020 Rather than emulate Sarah Paulson’s villainous nurse, Bieber wanted to play Dolly, the series’s resident nymphomaniac who (spoiler alert) is involved in some grizzly goings-on at the Lucia State Hospital. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meet the Designers Behind Your Favorite Celebrity Costumes," 3 Nov. 2020 The 2001 Seattle Mariners tied the mark, but — spoiler alert — neither team won the World Series. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, "The all-Chicago World Series: How the ‘Hitless Wonders’ pulled off the upset as the Spuds (Cubs) and the White Stockings (White Sox) reached the Fall Classic in 1906," 1 Oct. 2020 As fans may or may not know (sorry, spoiler alert!), each Modern Family character was sent off to a destination around the world. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Why 'Modern Family' Ended After Its Emotional Season 11 Finale," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of spoiler alert

1982, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“Spoiler alert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoiler%20alert. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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