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n. Informal
1. A performance or performer that evokes so much applause from the audience that the show is temporarily interrupted.
2. A particularly arresting person or thing, especially one that draws attention away from others or brings a course of action to a halt.

show′stop′ping adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.showstopper - an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down
routine, number, act, bit, turn - a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
2.showstopper - something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal; "she has a show-stopper of a smile"; "the brilliant orange flowers against the green foliage were a showstopper"
attractiveness, attraction - the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; "her personality held a strange attraction for him"
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show-stopper [ˈʃəʊstɒpər] n
to be a show-stopper → être extraordinaire
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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