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show-stopper

[shoh-stop-er] /ˈʃoʊˌstɒp ər/
noun
1.
Theater. a performer or performance that wins enthusiastic or prolonged applause.
2.
a spectacularly arresting or appealing person or thing:
This bright plaid suit is a real show-stopper.
Also, showstopper.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
Related forms
show-stopping, showstopping, adjective
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showstopper in Technology


A hardware or (especially) software bug that makes an implementation effectively unusable; one that absolutely has to be fixed before development can go on. Opposite in connotation from its original theatrical use, which refers to something stunningly *good*.
[Jargon File]
(1995-01-31)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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