conversation stopper


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Related to conversation stopper: conversationally, addressee
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Noun1.conversation stopper - a remark to which there is no polite conversational reply
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
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conversation stopper

n that was a conversation stopper (fam) → quello ha lasciato tutti a bocca aperta
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It's a conversation stopper in social gatherings when people ask me what I do, 'domestic violence' I say unashamedly, which is usually followed by a pause, then, 'oh dear' 'that must be very depressing'.
I thought TV was a conversation stopper but mobiles are worse - wherever you go you cannot get a proper conversation out of children or adults.
Well there's a conversation stopper if ever there was one.
It's always either a conversation starter or a conversation stopper.
The accusation is, and is meant to be, a conversation stopper.
Synchronic historicism has also been a conversation stopper, for different reasons, derived from Foucault, with regard to the relation of late medieval culture and Shakespeare.
I discovered this over 20 years ago in the local Coop, and the wine, for just a few quid, was a conversation stopper.
Too often the topic of domestic violence is a conversation stopper.
When I hear something like, "As far as I'm concerned this is about freedom," I'm confronted with the ultimate conversation stopper.
It is, of course, the conversation stopper delivered by a mortified "Baby"
The City Mitts Web site details a worrisome list of germs found on various Big Apple mass transit facilities by the New York Daily News--bugs including Escherichia coli, meningitis, and (stop now if you're eating lunch), in a Penn Station ticket machine, an unnamed skin infection and that old "I'd rather drive" conversation stopper, feces.