barbecue stopper

noun Australian informal

a controversial current-affairs issue
a social gaffe

Nearby words

  1. barbastelle,
  2. barbate,
  3. barbe,
  4. barbecue,
  5. barbecue sauce,
  6. barbed,
  7. barbed tributary,
  8. barbed wire,
  9. barbed-wire grass,
  10. barbel

Word Origin for barbecue stopper

C21: coined by John Howard; from the notion that such a discussion is likely to interrupt a barbecue with loud debate

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