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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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She learned that pairs of objects go together -- say, a ring and a baseball bat, and the same baseball bat and a clothes hanger--and then realized on her own that the ring, bat, and hanger form a group of interchangeable objects.
There is a round finger loop on each hanger designed to enable easy removal without actually having to touch the clothing.
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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.
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to the Hanger Board as a Director effective May 14, 2015.
8220;The stainless steel extension of our Globe, MaxMechanical and SilverHawk pipe support products has another benefit,” said Dan Collins, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Globe Pipe Hanger Products, Inc.