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Definition of Hollywood ending noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


Hollywood ending

(usually disapproving)
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an ending in a movie, novel, etc., which happens in the way you expect, is full of exaggerated happiness, sadness, or love, and may not be very realistic The movie refuses to sell out and provide a Hollywood ending. Those expecting a big, happy Hollowood ending (a backlit kiss for example) may be disappointed.
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