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Definition of cliffhanger noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

cliffhanger

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NAmE//ˈklɪfˌhæŋər//
 
 
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a situation in a story, movie, competition, etc. that is very exciting because you cannot guess what will happen next, or you do not find out immediately what happens next The first part of the serial ended with a real cliffhanger. Tonight's vote on domestic policy threatens to be a cliffhanger.
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