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show-stopper

or show·stop·per

[shoh-stop-er]
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noun
  1. Theater. a performer or performance that wins enthusiastic or prolonged applause.
  2. a spectacularly arresting or appealing person or thing: This bright plaid suit is a real show-stopper.
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Origin of show-stopper

First recorded in 1945–50
Related formsshow-stop·ping, show·stop·ping, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for show stopper

show stopper

noun
  1. informal a stage act, etc, that receives so much applause as to interrupt the performance
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