cliffhanger


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cliffhanger

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.
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Big screen cliffhangers date back to the silent film era when a serial called The Perils of Pauline had audiences perpetually anxious about the fate of the drama queen in the title.
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I think the cliffhanger pleases a lot of people, and I think it's nice to return to that.
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It pulls no punches, gives no easy answers, and ends with a shocking cliffhanger that will leave you counting the days until the final book.
Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, just like the good old days, but this is a smooth, intelligent story, and not the herky-jerky schlock we're sadly used to in the adventure genre.
The episode, the first of the 10th series of Friends, follows on from last year's cliffhanger when Rachel and Joey kissed for the first time.
Rocket scientist Hickam, best known for Rocket Boys, skillfully turns almost every chapter into a cliffhanger.
IT has been the greatest Coronation Street cliffhanger of them all - who will survive Richard Hillman's death plunge into the Weatherfield Canal?
But one warning - the episode cliffhanger will ave you gnashing your teeth in frustration.