Meaning of cliff-hanger

cliff-hang•er

Pronunciation: (klif'hang"ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a melodramatic adventure serial in which each installment ends in suspense in order to interest the reader or viewer in the next installment.
  2. 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.
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