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The most exceptional or memorable performance or item among others; a stand-out. Yeah, the opening act was a real show-stopper—the headlining band was disappointing in comparison! All the pieces in the designer's collection were excellent, but the wedding dress was a real show-stopper.

put a (or the) stopper on

cause something to end or become quiet.
See also: on, put, stopper


n. a U.S. Marine. (From the Persian Gulf War.) About a dozen bullet-stoppers came into the bar and the army guys tried to start a fight.


n. a brassiere. She’s very shy. She won’t even hang her flopper-stoppers out on the line to dry.