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cliffhanger (plural cliffhangers)
- (narratology) An ending or stopping point calculated to leave a story unresolved, in order to create suspense.
- 2 July 2007, Hilary Hylton, “Filming Texas in a Good Light”, in Time:
- Back in the early 80s, the hit series Dallas kept the nation guessing with its season-ending cliffhanger "Who Shot J.R.?"
- (by extension) An outcome which is awaited with keen anticipation, especially one which is delayed for a period of time or which is not known until the last minute.
- February 28 2008, Timothy Garton Ash, “Russia has run rings round the west”, in Guardian, retrieved 2 Feb. 2009:
- This presidential election is such a cliffhanger. Will it be the rising star Dmitry "Obamovich" Medvedev? Or the veteran Gennady "McCainovich" Zyuganov?
(narratology) an ending or stopping point
outcome awaited with keen anticipation