Cliffhanger meaning

klĭfhăngər
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A suspenseful situation occurring at the end of a chapter, scene, or episode.
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Any highly suspenseful story, situation, etc.
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(narratology) An ending or stopping point calculated to leave a story unresolved, in order to create suspense.
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An early type of serialized film in which each episode ended with a suspenseful climax, as the hero hanging from a cliff.
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(by extension) An outcome which is awaited with keen anticipation, especially one which is delayed for a period of time or which is not known until the last minute.
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A melodramatic serial in which each episode ends in suspense.
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A contest so closely matched that the outcome is uncertain until the end.
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Origin of cliffhanger

  • From cliff +‎ hanger, evoking the image of someone left hanging from a cliff, thereby having an uncertain fate.

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