cliffhanger Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “cliffhanger” in the English Dictionary

"cliffhanger" in British English

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cliffhangernoun [C]

uk   /ˈklɪfˌhæŋ.ər/  us   //
a ​story or a ​situation that is ​exciting because ​itsending or ​result is ​uncertain until it ​happens: Many of Hitchcock's ​films are ​real cliffhangers. It ​looks as if the ​election is going to be a cliffhanger.
(Definition of cliffhanger from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cliffhanger" in American English

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cliffhangernoun [C]

 us   /ˈklɪfˌhæŋ·ər/
a ​story or ​situation, often ​dangerous or of ​greatimportance, where two ​oppositeresults are ​possible and you do not ​know what the ​result will be until the last ​moment: The ​polls are too ​close to ​call, and it ​looks like this ​election is going to be a ​real cliffhanger.
(Definition of cliffhanger from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cliffhanger”
in Chinese (Simplified) 惊险故事, 悬念, 扣人心弦的局面…
in Chinese (Traditional) 驚險故事, 懸念, 扣人心弦的局面…
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