thriller-diller

thriller-diller

Anything that is especially thrilling, exciting, or nerve-racking. Wow, the last quarter of that game was a real thriller-diller, a constant back-and-forth of advantage between the two teams. She starred in a lot of the thriller-dillers that came out back in the '40s.
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thriller-diller

(ˈθrɪlɚˈdɪlɚ)
n. something like a movie, book, or television program that is thrilling. (see also whodunit.) The film was a real thriller-diller. I remember having to force myself to exhale.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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