cliff-hanger
noun Date: circa 1937 1. an adventure serial or melodrama; especially one presented in installments each ending in suspense 2. a contest whose outcome is in doubt up to the very end; broadly a suspenseful situationcliff-hanging adjective

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  • cliff-hanger — cliff hangers N COUNT A cliff hanger is a situation or part of a play or film that is very exciting or frightening because you are left for a long time not knowing what will happen next. Wednesday s election is likely to be a cliff hanger... The… …   English dictionary

  • cliff-hanger — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : an adventure serial or melodrama; especially : one presented in installments each of which ends in suspense cliff hangers on radio 2. : a contest whose outcome is in doubt up to the very end the election was a cliff… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cliff-hanger — /klif hang euhr/, n. 1. a melodramatic adventure serial in which each installment ends in suspense in order to interest the reader or viewer in the next installment. 2. a situation or contest of which the outcome is suspensefully uncertain up to… …   Universalium

  • cliff-hanger — See a cliff hanger …   English idioms

  • cliff-hanger — cliff′ hang er or cliff′hang er n. 1) a melodramatic adventure serial in which each installment ends in suspense 2) a situation or contest of which the outcome is uncertain up to the very last moment • Etymology: 1935–40, amer. cliff′ hang ing,… …   From formal English to slang

  • Cliff-hanger — Cliffhanger ist heute hauptsächlich assoziiert mit Fernsehserien, Seifenopern, selten mit planvoll fortgesetzten Kinofilmen. Der Begriff steht für den hängenden Ausgang einer Handlung auf ihrem Höhepunkt am Ende einer Episode, Fragen offen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cliff hanger — Synonyms and related words: Grand Guignol, Passion play, Tom show, antimasque, audience success, ballet, bomb, broadcast drama, burlesque show, charade, closet drama, comedy drama, critical success, daytime serial, dialogue, documentary drama,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • cliff hanger — suspenseful drama; suspenseful situation; contest the outcome of which is uncertain up to the very end …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Cliff Hanger (comic strip) — Cliff Hanger is the name of two different 1983 comic strips, one published in the United Kingdom and the other in the United States. The British Cliff Hanger was written and drawn by Jack Edward Oliver. It first appeared in the 25 June 1983 issue …   Wikipedia

  • Cliff Hanger (album) — Cliff Hanger Studio album by Jimmy Cliff Released 1985 …   Wikipedia

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