spoiler alert

noun

Definition of spoiler alert 

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

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By learning the language of alien visitors, the movie’s bold protagonist perceives the world in new ways and — spoiler alert! — experiences time itself in a nonlinear way. Tim Lomas, BostonGlobe.com, "1,000 words for happiness," 1 July 2018 In the evening episode—spoiler alert—Birdie triumphs by helping restore power to a city. Lucy Cohen Blatter, WSJ, "Less Screen Time and Tooth-Brushing Tips: The Rise of Children’s Podcasts," 7 June 2018 And before anyone starts breaking out the violins for that dearly departed character — spoiler alert! — the late David Rosen ranked as the second-most-tweeted-about character of the night, behind only the woman in the white hat herself. Kate Stanhope, latimes.com, "'Scandal' finale by the tweets," 20 Apr. 2018 Hard to say, but the residents of Rosewood have for the most part kept very busy since Spencer — spoiler alert — turned out to have a secret twin. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "​Everything the Pretty Little Liars Have Been Up to Since the Show Ended," 27 Feb. 2018 Back are the antics of the highly dysfunctional Bluth family, with — spoiler alert — kissing-cousins jokes, the reusable banners, and scenes that feature multiple cast members, without trickery. Editors, USA TODAY, "Starbucks' racial-bias training, Flight MH370 probe: 5 things you need to know Tuesday," 29 May 2018 By the end of this inspiring film, that fact has (spoiler alert) been movingly put to rest. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Time for Ilhan': Film Review | Tribeca 2018," 27 Apr. 2018 Keep reading to find out what percentage of people in your region got which procedure (spoiler alert: Male breast reduction reigns in the Northeast). Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "This Is the Most Popular Plastic Surgery Where You Live," 19 June 2018 Binge-watching and spoiler alert were added to the Oxford English Dictionary as part of a June update, the dictionary announced Thursday. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Spoiler alert, binge-watch, impostor syndrome added to Oxford English Dictionary," 14 June 2018

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1994, in the meaning defined above

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