\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ intransitive verb
: to end an installment of a cliff-hanger with a suspenseful usually melodramatic unresolved conflict designed to entice the audience to read or view the succeeding installment to discover the resolution of the conflict

to forbid cliff-hanging in children's radio serials

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/klif"hang'/, v.i., cliff-hung, cliff-hanging. Informal.
to wait eagerly for the outcome of a suspenseful situation or contest.
Also, cliffhang.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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