show-stopper

or show·stop·per

[ shoh-stop-er ]
/ ˈʃoʊˌstɒp ər /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. show-and-tell,
  2. show-down,
  3. show-me,
  4. show-off,
  5. show-place,
  6. show-stopping,
  7. show-through,
  8. showa,
  9. showbiz,
  10. showboat

Origin of show-stopper

First recorded in 1945–50

Related formsshow-stop·ping, show·stop·ping, adjective

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