showstopping

show-stopper

[shoh-stop-er]
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:
1945–50

show-stopping, showstopping, adjective
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show-stopper

noun
1. an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down 
2. 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" 
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