from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A performance or performer that evokes so much applause from the audience that the show is temporarily interrupted.
- n. Informal A particularly arresting person or thing, especially one that draws attention away from others or brings a course of action to a halt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A performance or segment of a theatrical production that induces a positive reaction strong enough to pause the production.
- n. Any impediment that prevents all further progress; especially a software bug that must be fixed before any further development is possible
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down
- n. something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal
But the showstopper is the 1,450-square-foot Robert Louis Stevenson Suite, with its front-to-back picture windows on three sides -- the joint has helicopter views from the bathtub.
Yet the showstopper is the most eccentric look: Mona Bismarck 's aqua green Balenciaga gown with sleeves of blooming pink petals from 1968.
Much like the original, the showstopper is the group zombie dance segment, but I gotta say, damn if a bunch of plastic bricks don’t make for a better actress than Ola Ray, too.
Kevin Rudd is offering premiers an extra $1.2 billion to win support for his health plan but it remains contingent on a potential "showstopper" - handing over 30 per cent of their GST.
In my mind, he's very talented, but Kris is just not a showy "showstopper" - type performer.
In the New Acropolis Museum, the quintet of Greek-owned caryatids and one replica have been reinstalled in their original configuration, but what ought to have been a showstopper is a fiasco.
The showstopper was his bride's Christian Dior gown, which she modeled on the cover of Vogue last February, decorated with 1,500 rhinestones, it weighed 60 pounds.
But the showstopper is the Brazilian artist Thessia Machado's musical installation-turntables assembled from cardboard tubes, plastic rods, and other cast-off materials.
The showstopper is a lively Act II number entitled "Mama Will Provide."
The showstopper is the infinity pool, with its limestone surround and unparalleled
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