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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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Herb Bigelow invented the Beehive Picture Hangers to create a faster and easier way to hang one frame, or a series of frames.
The inventor of the Clothes Hanger Storage Device has developed working prototypes that have been utilized in a home environment with success.
The company markets the hanger under its own Orlant brand and has agents in?
So on your next shopping spree, leave the hangers at the till and help transform lives.
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.
Managing director Paul Ogle said: "We use more than 500,000 coat hangers every year and as our business expands, this figure will continue to rise.
Now the dry cleaners are urging customers to hand back their yellow plastic hangers so they can be reused.
M&S currently reuses or recycles all of its coat hangers that are not taken home by customers.
We hope the M&S coat hanger amnesty will encourage customers to bring in all their unwanted hangers, so that we can recycle and reuse the plastic and metal to make new ones - rather than sending them to landfill.
Through this connection, the computer identifies, for example, that hanger 123 has coat 45 on it, which has stored heart monitoring data that needs to be downloaded and the hanger recharged," added Professor Thomas.
I wondered where the birds had found all of those hangers.
Of all the things commonly found around the house, the humble hanger might be expected to be the one least subject to change.
The trash collectors union, Service Employees International Union Local 347, spent about $100,000 on the trash-can hangers, which urge people in a dozen different languages to vote against the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood secession measures Nov.
These vertical hangers have an easy link system to connect the hangers.
Each Wheel Wing tire hanger kit (P/N FA5974) comes with two tire hangers.