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stopper

[stop-er] /ˈstɒp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that stops.
2.
a plug, cork, bung, or other piece for closing a bottle, tube, drain, or the like.
3.
Informal. something or someone that commands attention, as an unusual window display or a flamboyant person.
4.
Cards. a card in a suit that prevents the successive taking of all tricks in the suit by the opponents.
5.
Baseball Slang. a formidably and consistently effective pitcher counted on to win, as a team's best starting pitcher or a superior reliever often called on to preserve a victory; pitching ace.
verb (used with object)
6.
to close, secure, or fit with a stopper.
Origin of stopper
1470-1480
1470-80; stop + -er1
Related forms
stopperless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stopper
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  • He foched a silber jug, wid a silber cup for a stopper, and said: 'My man, dis is Irish whiskey.

  • He took the stopper out of the decanter and deliberately raised it to his nostrils.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • He caught it up, removed the stopper, then put it down with an impatient “Pish!”

    The Star-Gazers George Manville Fenn
  • Afterwards use emery and water, and grind the stopper into the bottle.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • If all goes as it is going a couple of days might put the stopper on this memory business once for all.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • (1 )Turn the stopper through at least one revolution in each direction.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • She drained the very dregs, and flung the stopper in her captive's face.

    The Fantasy Fan December 1933 Charles D. Hornig
  • The Churchwarden calmly put the stopper in his bottle and restored it to his pocket.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • He had already taken the stopper out of the decanter when their eyes met … and then he put it back again.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • We put a stopper into one joint of a hollowed bamboo, and use it for a bottle.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
British Dictionary definitions for stopper

stopper

/ˈstɒpə/
noun
1.
Also stopple (ˈstɒpəl). a plug or bung for closing a bottle, pipe, duct, etc
2.
a person or thing that stops or puts an end to something
3.
(bridge) another name for stop (sense 39)
verb
4.
(transitive) Also stopple. to close or fit with a stopper
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Word Origin and History for stopper
n.

"glass plug for a bottle neck," 1660s, agent noun from stop (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stopper

stop dead in the tracks

verb phrase

To stop someone or something very definitely and abruptly: The economy could be stopped dead in its tracks

[1950s+; fr the image of a person or animal dropping straight down on being struck; ''to shoot or kill someone dead in his tracks'' is found by 1824]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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