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 Although Norton and Ariely's conclusion that Americans would prefer a more equal distribution of wealth may be sound, their data switcheroo illustrates a common problem when talking about inequality: income versus wealth. Evelyn Lamb, Scientific American, 12 Nov. 2012 The story appeared to provide no explanation for the switcheroo. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Other productions have announced comebacks, though MJ isn't the only one to undergo a major switcheroo. Nick Romano, EW.com, 29 June 2021 Also during episode four, the competitors in the bake-off challenge must do a switcheroo with Minnesota's scotcheroo bar, making a new dessert using its classic ingredients of chocolate, peanut butter, rice cereal and butterscotch. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 24 May 2021 In The Parent Trap, a young Lindsay portrayed twins Annie James and Hallie Parker, who pulled a switcheroo on their parents, played by Richardson and Dennis Quaid, after meeting at summer camp. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 11 May 2021 But on Sunday, the category switcheroo culminated in an absent winner and a strange empty-stage finale — a fitting end to a thoroughly strange movie year. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 In the most unexpected switcheroo, the best actor winner was announced last, presumably so the evening would end with a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 Though the switcheroo quickly turned into a snafu, thanks to some poor planning—which subsequently robbed Anthony Hopkins, Chadwick Boseman, and Nomadland of their special moments. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Switcheroo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switcheroo. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of switcheroo

US, informal : an unexpected or secret change

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