Definition of Show-stopper

1. Noun. An act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down.

Exact synonyms: Showstopper, Stopper
Generic synonyms: Act, Bit, Number, Routine, Turn

2. Noun. Something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal. "The brilliant orange flowers against the green foliage were a showstopper"
Exact synonyms: Showstopper
Generic synonyms: Attraction, Attractiveness

Definition of Show-stopper

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of showstopper) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Show-stopper

show-stopper (current term)
show a clean pair of heels
show a leg
show a little ginger
show and tell
show ankle
show barn
show barns
show bill
show biz
show business
show card
show globe
show globes

Literary usage of Show-stopper

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1. From Civil Strife to Civil Society: Civil and Military Responsibilities in by William Maley, Charles J. G. Sampford, Ramesh Chandra Thakur (2003)
"Although not necessarily a "show stopper". the situation is ... This too is not a "show stopper". but advance cooperative planning between all participants ..."

2. Utilisation and Reliability of High Power Proton Accelerators: Workshop by NEA Nuclear Science Committee (2005)
"... stringent requirement from the very beginning, taking into account that this issue could be a potential "show-stopper" for ADS technology in general. ..."

3. Moving the Force: Desert Storm and Beyond by Scott W. Conrad (1994)
"... 1994 testimony before Congress, regional CINCs left no doubt that shortage of lift was their number one concern—a "show stopper for a two-war scenario. ..."

4. Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Policy: Hearing Before the Committee on edited by Frank Murkowski (1999)
"Rain water has been determined to be there, less than 50 years old. That is a show-stopper. The geologic barriers do not permit radio-nuclei containment. ..."

5. Status of the Department of Veterans Affairs to Identify Gulf War Syndrome edited by Christopher Shays (1998)
"Now, my sense is, from the work that you're doing, is that this is not a show-stopper. In other words, that you are, regardless of what so-called ..."

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