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1. An ending of a piece of fiction (e.g., a television episode, chapter of a book, a film, etc.) characterized by a dramatically suspenseful and uncertain end. A good summer book always has a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter so that you never want to put it down! Judging by that movie's cliffhanger, I'd say we'll be seeing a sequel coming out fairly soon.
2. A serial television or film production characterized by such endings. That show is a cliffhanger—the episodes never really have endings.
3. Any contest, competition, or other such situation in which the outcome is suspenseful and uncertain until the very end. The two teams have been neck and neck for the entire second half, and with two minutes left this match has become a real cliffhanger. This election is looking like a cliffhanger, and we won't be able to truly say who's won until all the votes are counted.


Someone who spends time with a person or a group of people hoping to benefit in some way from the association. The term implies that such a person is sycophantic and/or unwanted. Ever since Jennifer became a famous actress, she's surrounded by hangers-on trying to use her to further their own careers.

ape hangers

n. long steering handles on a bicycle or motorcycle. Who is that guy riding the bike with ape hangers?
See also: ape, hanger

fence hanger

n. someone who cannot decide which side to be on. We need to find a way to persuade the fence hangers to come over to our side.
See also: fence, hanger


n. someone who tries to pass bad checks. (see also paper, paper-pusher.) He’s wanted as a paper-hanger in four states.
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The firm's chief executive, Marc Bolland, said: "By simply leaving their hangers at the tills, our customers are helping us, helping Unicef and helping some of the world's poorest children - just one box of hangers can provide a child with clean water for a fortnight.
They followed a trail of coat hangers along the road from where Morris had dropped them.
The Hanga-Danga holds more than 100 wire hangers, 36 plastic hangers and 12 wood hangers.
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An estimated 100million hangers a year are chucked out with domestic rubbish and end up in landfill sites.
THE Marks & Spencer's store at the massive Merry Hill complex is holding the UK's first coat hanger amnesty to encourage customers to recycle unwanted ones.
is unveiling a new line of six wood hangers--Euro-Deluxe--designed with the high-end features found on hangers at high-end retailers, but at a more "mainstream price level," according to the company.
Change from clear to black hangers will save industry millions of dollars annually
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These sign hangers feature a durable wire structure and plastic peg back that can be mounted into pegboard and slatwall to display signs.
MARKS & Spencer have launched a drive to stop millions of coat hangers ending up on rubbish tips.
The next time you hold a square dance or weight-lifting contest on your deck, you'll rest easier knowing you used joist hangers and installed them the right way.
Rising says suit jackets must be on thicker, shaped hangers so the collar and shoulders lay properly and the garment keeps its shape.
Z Hangers easily fit into tight-collared garments without having to unbutton collars or stretch out favorite T-shirts or sweaters.