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showstopper Line breaks: show|stop¦per
Pronunciation: /ˈʃəʊstɒpə/

Definition of showstopper in English:


1A song or other performance receiving prolonged applause from the audience: he wants every scene to be a showstopper
More example sentences
  • 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: the brilliant orange flowers against the bronze-green foliage were a showstopper
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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.



Pronunciation: /ˈʃəʊˌstɒpɪŋ/
Example sentences
  • 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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