- 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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Examples from the Web for showstopper
But the case against Lagarde, 58, is nothing like the showstopper Strauss-Kahn provided.IMF Chief Lagarde Placed Under Formal Investigation in France
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Such descriptions exert a hypnotic pull—and a climactic chapter in the decommissioned city hall station is a showstopper.Underground Novel of the Year
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