- Theater. a performer or performance that wins enthusiastic or prolonged applause.
- a spectacularly arresting or appealing person or thing: This bright plaid suit is a real show-stopper.
Origin of show-stopper
First recorded in 1945–50
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- informal a stage act, etc, that receives so much applause as to interrupt the performance
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