Definition of switcheroo in US English:



North American
  • A change, reversal, or exchange, especially a surprising or deceptive one.

    • ‘In fact, the film does a complete switcheroo, stereotyping white people while ascending the protagonists to multi-dimensional character status.’
    • ‘But here's where we pull the switcheroo, here's where we totally fool everyone.’
    • ‘Will late September and early October result in yet another switcheroo in the ever-fluctuating presidential polls?’
    • ‘I waited for the old switcheroo but I got the same ticket back.’
    • ‘But instead of the old switcheroo, I decide to wear the pumps straight to the interview.’
    • ‘Heaven knows that black cinema has years of bad caricature to make up for, and I got a good laugh out of the switcheroo.’
    • ‘I've got to start saving copies of these articles before the inevitable switcheroo. - Josh Marshall’
    • ‘The charismatic Studebaker gets a kick from pulling a quick switcheroo.’
    • ‘As ever for American movies, the body switcheroo is also a banal moral lesson.’
    • ‘A little casting switcheroo could have helped considerably here.’
    • ‘As the food supply has grown increasingly complex, manufacturers have taken the old switcheroo to new heights.’
    • ‘As the film drags on you realize that there's not going to be some big switcheroo or reveal.’
    • ‘In other words, the Supreme Court has already decided issue, unless a mere word switcheroo makes a legal difference.’
    • ‘A number of elaborate switcheroos occur - more than you'd imagine would fit into one movie, actually - and we're left wondering who's going to get the gold: the good guys or the bad guys?’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Laure's accomplice employs a switcheroo, replacing the diamonds with paste-and-glass.’
    • ‘One way or another, we'll get to the bottom of this postmodern switcheroo.’
    • ‘I expected the league to create some kind of diversion while Payne pulled the old switcheroo, but there are no diversions.’
    • ‘An intriguing variant on two enduring film ideas: the deceased sent back to the world and the body switcheroo.’
    • ‘With its insane mix of loves-me-loves-me-nots, switcheroos, flawed motives, crooked laughs and crying babies, it is one of cinema's most buoyant genres.’
    • ‘Or should I take my chances and leave them in the unchecked bag, since it might make it worse if he got wise to the switcheroo?’


1930s: from the noun switch + -eroo in the sense ‘unexpected’.