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.

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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 And here's a photo of the switcheroo up close: This isn't the first Davidson tattoo Grande has covered up. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "How Ariana Grande Has Covered Up Her Pete Davidson Tattoos," 3 Dec. 2018 Analyzing everything from changes in personal style, arm freckle pattern, handwriting, and eye shape, to Avril’s choice of words and punctuation on Twitter, fans have built a serious case for some of kind of switcheroo. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Avril Lavigne Called the Doppelgänger Conspiracy Theory About Her Death "So Weird"," 2 Nov. 2018 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

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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

US, informal : an unexpected or secret change

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