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Back-formation from cliffhanger.


cliffhang (third-person singular simple present cliffhangs, present participle cliffhanging, simple past and past participle cliffhung)

  1. (intransitive) To be in suspense.
    • 2009, February 1, “Clare Clark”, in An Appetite for Venice[1]:
      With furtive references to Gnostic gospels and a cast of characters that includes a beautiful blond novice (with whom Luciano fancies himself in love), a corrupt council of cardinals, a syphilitic doge and the brutal Cappe Nere, or secret police, all abroad in Venice’s sinister maze of watery alleyways, the scene looks set for a cliffhanging thriller in the style of “The Da Vinci Code.”