- 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 show-stopper
On the show-stopper "Turn It Off," sung by a closeted missionary struggling with his sexuality.Broadway's Real-Life Mormon Missionary
June 7, 2011