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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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It was the most exciting sports event I have ever been to' last Sunday evening's cliffhanging AFC championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, two great sides, one step from the Super Bowl.
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Britain have painful memories of last year's cliffhanging Tests in the Ashes Series which all went the way of the Kangaroos and they are still hurting over their last-gasp defeat in Manchester a fortnight ago.
But it wasn't Lund's efforts alone that got Newcastle home in a cliffhanging finale, as all seven Diamonds made significant contributions to the long-awaited win that had supporters dancing on the terraces.
Because Charlton weren't about to settle for a mere walk-on part, they were there to the final reel, testing Arsenal's nerve with a cliffhanging finish worthy of Hollywood's finest.
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