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deal breaker

or deal-break·er or deal·break·er

[ deel-brey-ker ]
/ ˈdil ˌbreɪ kər /
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noun
an aspect, condition, or item that would not be accepted by a party to a business transaction or political deal: Prior to committing to a partnership, the corporation needs to have a clear vision of deal breakers versus where they are willing to be flexible.
something that would cause a person to abandon a plan, mutual arrangement, agreement, or relationship: Sorry, but entering into marriage with a partner who has hefty debt or terrible credit is definitely a deal breaker.
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Origin of deal breaker

First recorded in 1975–80; deal1 + breaker1
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