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[swich-uh-roo, swich-uh-roo] /ˌswɪtʃ əˈru, ˈswɪtʃ əˌru/
noun, plural switcheroos. Slang.
an unexpected or sudden change or reversal in attitude, character, position, action, etc.
Origin of switcheroo
1930-35; switch + -eroo Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for switcheroo
  • Even after a cliché starts dying, there's a strategy for making it acceptable: the old switcheroo.
  • They take their time getting to the sole switcheroo.
  • The meaning of the switcheroo is variously interpreted.
  • But one little switcheroo and it'll probably sell twice the copies.
  • The kids had no idea that a switcheroo had been run on them.
  • And he did his own major switcheroo on the issues last time as well.
  • The body double was only on stage for a few seconds, and the switcheroo was relatively innocuous.
British Dictionary definitions for switcheroo


(US, slang) a surprising or unexpected change or variation
Word Origin
C20: from switch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for switcheroo



Not in the current fashion; unconventional; out of sync: responding to his unconventional (at that time), bohemian, ''switched-off '' quality (1966+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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