[klif-hang-er] /ˈklɪfˌhæŋ ər/
a melodramatic adventure serial in which each installment ends in suspense in order to interest the reader or viewer in the next installment.
a situation or contest of which the outcome is suspensefully uncertain up to the very last moment:
The game was a cliff-hanger, but our team finally won.
also cliffhanger, “suspenseful situation,” 1937, in reference to U.S. cinema serials, agent noun from cliff + agent noun from hang (v.). In some cases, especially Westerns, the hero or heroine literally was dangling from a cliff at the end of an episode.
[klif-hang-ing] /ˈklɪfˌhæŋ ɪŋ/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a cliff-hanger: a cliff-hanging vote of 20–19. [klif-hang] /ˈklɪfˌhæŋ/ verb (used without object), cliff-hung, cliff-hanging. Informal. 1. to wait eagerly for the outcome of a suspenseful situation or contest.
[klif-sahyd] /ˈklɪfˌsaɪd/ noun 1. a city in NE New Jersey.
noun, Law. 1. a type of living trust set up for at least a 10-year period, during which the income goes to a beneficiary and after which the principal reverts to the grantor.
[klifs] /klɪfs/ Trademark. 1. a series of pamphlets with summaries and basic analyses of works of literature, intended as study aids.