switch·​er·​oo | \ ˌswi-chə-ˈrü How to pronounce switcheroo (audio) \
plural switcheroos

Definition of switcheroo

: a surprising variation : reversal

Examples of switcheroo in a Sentence

They changed to a different system without telling anyone that they had pulled a switcheroo.
Recent Examples on the Web After revealing the truth of their little switcheroo, the twins hatch another plan: getting their parents back together. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch The Parent Trap (1961)," 12 Nov. 2019 Synthetic biologists have performed a biochemical switcheroo. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This microbe no longer needs to eat food to grow, thanks to a bit of genetic engineering," 27 Nov. 2019 Aside from producing marvelously enjoyable photos, the switcheroo brings to mind another Disney+ series, What If…?, which seeks to imagine what the MCU might look like if certain things were a bit different. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox swap Marvel roles for Halloween outing," 31 Oct. 2019 As some of the most famous twins in the world, the Sprouse brothers have gone from pranking their teachers with a little switcheroo to starting their own careers during their adult lives. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Are Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse Identical Twins?," 22 Oct. 2019 Felton had pulled a promising switcheroo, the converted receiver showing enough potential to stand out even in a crowded tailback rotation. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA’s running game collectively stuck in reverse amid winless start," 15 Sep. 2019 But moments like Rick’s death switcheroo are pure P. T. Barnum — manufactured almost entirely out of hype. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has condemned itself for all time," 5 Nov. 2018 Anne Hathaway’s spoiled starlet Daphne Kluger becomes a pawn in the gang’s elaborate jewel switcheroo. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Ocean's 8 Boasts a Great Cast But Lacks Champagne-Bubble Lightness," 9 June 2018 Why is this particular switcheroo so gratifying when so many of the show’s other shenanigans have been maddening? Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead just pulled its best switcheroo in years," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of switcheroo

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for switcheroo

alteration of switch

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22 Dec 2019

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“Switcheroo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switcheroo. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of switcheroo

US, informal : an unexpected or secret change

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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