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 Season 2 offers a bit of deja vu with its Memento-like storytelling, until this season pulls a switcheroo. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Let’s Untangle Homecoming Season 2’s Unhappy Ending," 26 May 2020 While the rationale for this switcheroo primarily focuses on Tagovailoa’s lengthy injury history, Herbert’s high-floor, along with his arm talent, stands out. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert is the ‘safest QB’ in the 2020 NFL draft," 21 Apr. 2020 Crowley had already spent six years as a House member after benefiting from his own ballot switcheroo to get him to Congress. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Analysis: Politicians who rigged their way into Congress getting comeuppance in primary losses," 18 Mar. 2020 The last pole reversal came about 770,000 years ago, but the actual switcheroo can happen in as little as 22,000 years. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The 20 most popular sci-tech stories of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 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

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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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“Switcheroo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switcheroo. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of switcheroo

US, informal : an unexpected or secret change

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