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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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Expect third-person combat, extreme survival, plenty of puzzles and a healthy dollop of Uncharted-esque cliffhanging scrapes.
Until that happens, and it really does take flight as it heads towards a cliffhanging final battle, there is an overworn gag about Bilbo Baggins finding his home invaded by a bunch of ravenous dwarves.
But the good news: A cliffhanging conclusion promises sequels on the way.
The Warwickshire Taverners Trophy opened in spectacular style last week with solicitors Mills & Reeve earning a cliffhanging last ball victory against tournament newcomers DAC Beachcroft.
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After months of cliffhanging suspense, the group's French mill has finally closed as a planned sale to a Thai company tell through.
But Peel is not contemplating such a cliffhanging decision.
We're hoping to film some fantastic - literally cliffhanging - scenes, courtesy of the great talent we're working with, like Liver pudlian Ian Hart and newcomer Kyle Ward, who comes of age in this film.
After that, the pair are off to Peru and the lost city of El Dorado to encounter cliffhanging peril from Russians, Amazonian natives with poison darts, not to mention scorpions, army ants, aliens (right out of Spielberg's "Close Encounters"), quicksand and one very large snake.
Saturday's match would have been engrossing for neutrals, the best match of the World Cup so far with tries galore and a cliffhanging television official's decision awarding Fiji the crucial score.
LIKE any good episode of EastEnders, West Ham's season promises a cliffhanging finish.
There is a depth about people's love of jump racing, its heroes, its memories, its cliffhanging excitements, that Flat racing can rarely match - and those depths inform every visit to Cheltenham.
Remember, it's at the local level that we can most affect our future--and the cliffhanging results in several local races this fall emphasize what a difference a few votes can make.
Six months have passed since the cliffhanging ending.
Senior Writer Marc Peyser reviews ABC's new serial drama, "The Nine," and looks at why all the networks are rushing to add cliffhanging, "24"-style shows to their lineups.