switch·er·oo | \ˌswi-chə-ˈrü \
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.

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When the theft and switcheroo actually took place remains a mystery, and the object of investigations, said Jamie McCall, an assistant United States attorney in the district of Delaware. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Vatican Gets Back Stolen Columbus Letter, but Case Remains a Whodunit," 15 June 2018 Many of these mezcal transplants work surprisingly well, given the volatile flavors of the spirit; the mezcal Negroni is an easy and felicitous switcheroo. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "Whatever the Cocktail, They’re Ordering It With Mezcal," 5 July 2018 The quickest restaurant switcheroo in recent Detroit dining history is also proving to be one of the most short-lived. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Fist of Curry calls it quits after less than 5 months in operation," 5 July 2018 The city of Atlanta has been quietly trying to pull the switcheroo on this historic area by killing off a tax scheme meant to help redevelopment. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Bitter sting as Atlanta officials sour on Sweet Auburn," 2 July 2018 So if the mayor actually comes up with express train legislation, how about pulling a switcheroo? Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Politics / Transportation Another whopper from Rahm: express service to O'Hare that won’t cost the public," 18 June 2018 Twitter even inevitably came up with a wild theory instantly, guessing the royal family had undertaken a switcheroo straight out of the Stepford Wives. Melissa Locker, Time, "People Reacted Accordingly to This Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Stunt," 12 June 2018 After the show wrapped, Luyendyk made a switcheroo, broke up with Kufrin and reunited with his No. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A showboating former UW football player is competing for 'The Bachelorette'," 21 May 2018 Now that’s certainly a switcheroo from the 2010 and 2014 midterms, when the shift to likely voter screens usually boosted GOP margins. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "If Democrats Are So Strong, Why Is Their Polling Lead So Weak?," 27 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of switcheroo

: an unexpected or secret change

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