Definition of showstopper in English:


Syllabification: show·stop·per


  • 1A performance or item receiving prolonged applause from the audience: he wants every scene to be a showstopper
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    • In the main arena, bare-back riding daredevil Lorenzo, the Flying Frenchman, proved to be a showstopper as he performed equestrian stunts with his grey geldings.
    • The stage is then invaded by more children and the resulting musical number is a showstopper.
    • Then there is the shy, self-effacing Chris, who electrifyingly takes over the stage, and, to my mind, sparks the whole proceedings with the showstopper, Old Fashioned Romance.
  • 1.1Something that is striking or has great popular appeal: a showstopper of a smile
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    • There were a number of small bugs which weren't show stoppers but concerned us nonetheless.
    • The statue has become a showstopper for hordes of shoppers.
    • The redevelopment will comprise 32 apartments, ranging in price from £250,000 to the £1.25m showstopper.
  • 2An obstacle to further progress: the subsidy limits proved to be a showstopper for other senior Democrats who refused to pass the bill with such restrictions
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    • The weather wasn't perfect, but I quickly was learning that what had been a showstopper in the RAG was daily business in the fleet.
    • None of these cultural differences is in and of itself a showstopper.
    • The last definition is the showstopper for unions.
  • 2.1 Computing A bug that needs to be fixed before a piece of software can be used or released: there were several last minute showstoppers that derailed the Beta 2 rollout
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    • There were a number of small bugs which weren't show stoppers but concerned us nonetheless.
    • The bad news is there's a bug, described as a showstopper.
    • There aren't any showstoppers but there are lots of minor UI irritations.



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  • He claims there was ‘no sense of occasion’ and few musical highlights - despite show-stopping performances from pop legends U2, Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna and Robbie Williams.
  • Kacey extends her vocal range to show-stopping effect by creating totally new vocal sounds - her emotive delivery even occasionally emulates birdcalls.
  • In other words, the world's media were agog at her show-stopping performance and that ever-so-crucial use of the word ‘never’ when she spoke about the euro.

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