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 So that’s four detectives in four time periods and one body, all connected by a doomsday cult, an unspeakable tragedy in 2023 and a future in which technological advancement and utopian equality are accompanied by the sort of autocracy that — spoiler alert — is rarely benign. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Oct. 2023 The Ahsoka finale came and went, but spoiler alert: no alien foreheads. Want more? James Grebey, Vulture, 6 Oct. 2023 And spoiler alert: There’s another wedding, although this one is not merely Greek but Greek/Syrian. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2023 Another large change was the mid-season reveal that — extra big spoiler alert — Vice Admiral Garp (Vincent Regan) is Luffy’s grandfather. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 2 Sep. 2023 While much of King’s work takes place in a supernatural realm, the author’s new book is (mostly) centered in the present, with the characters dealing with Covid, and Holly’s Covid-denier mom — spoiler alert — eventually succumbing to the disease. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023 The transitions between each storyline, detailed artwork and (spoiler alert) digging your way through bloody pigs hanging from the ceiling are sure to make an impression, too. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 In this sixth episode of season three — spoiler alert here — Peter dies while riding his horse across a frozen river after talking to Catherine. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2023 Ultimately — spoiler alert — Garfield’s presidency was cut short, very short, by an assassin who stalks the president across the book’s final pages and shoots him on the 121st day of his presidency in the train station in Washington. Garrett M. Graff, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoiler alert was in 1982

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“Spoiler alert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoiler%20alert. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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