Theater. a performer, performance, or musical number that wins enthusiastic or prolonged applause: The singer proves that she is simply a show-stopper after her resoundingly successful debut.
a spectacularly arresting or appealing person or thing: This bright plaid suit is a real show-stopper.
a significant obstacle or problem, especially one halting a process already underway: The bug was a show-stopper, delaying the game's release by months.
- show-stop·ping, show·stop·ping, adjective
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How to use show-stopper in a sentence
But the case against Lagarde, 58, is nothing like the showstopper Strauss-Kahn provided.IMF Chief Lagarde Placed Under Formal Investigation in France | Tracy McNicoll | August 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Marc Jacobs 'Showstopper 7-Piece' Holiday Makeup Set, $89 at Sephora 4.The Daily Beast's 2013 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide | The Daily Beast | November 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The showstopper this summer is the Urs Fischer exhibition at MOCA and the Geffen Contemporary.Simon de Pury: Visiting 16 Studios of Los Angeles’s Top Artists | Simon de Pury | August 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like Hathaway, she shot her big showstopper in a single take.Inside the Anne Hathaway ‘Les Misérables’ Video Spoof That Went Viral | Ramin Setoodeh | January 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sliced in half and displayed cut-side up, this is a delicious showstopper.
British Dictionary definitions for show stopper
informal a stage act, etc, that receives so much applause as to interrupt the performance
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