Show-stopper


Show-stopper
   A scene, song, or actor is said to stop the show when the audience is so impressed that its applause momentarily prevents the performance from continuing. The term is most frequently applied to musicals when a star and a great song inspires an overwhelming response.

The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. .

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  • show-stopper — show stopping, showstopping, adj. /shoh stop euhr/, n. 1. Theat. 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.… …   Universalium

  • show-stopper — ► NOUN informal ▪ a performance or item receiving prolonged applause. DERIVATIVES show stopping adjective …   English terms dictionary

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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 • Syn: ↑showstopper, ↑stopper • Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑routine, ↑number, ↑turn, ↑bit 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • show-stopper — show′ stop per n. cvb a performer or performance that wins enthusiastic or prolonged applause • Etymology: 1945–50 show′ stop ping, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • show stopper — /ˈʃoʊ stɒpə/ (say shoh stopuh) noun 1. a song, act, performance, etc., that temporarily interrupts a show because of the enthusiastic applause of the audience. 2. any utterance that interrupts a conversation due to its surprising, controversial… …   Australian English dictionary

  • show-stopper — noun informal a performance or item receiving prolonged applause. Derivatives show stopping adjective …   English new terms dictionary

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