Definitions

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  • adj. Very exciting or shocking, as though to cause one's heart to skip beats.

Etymologies

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heart +‎ stopping

Examples

  • ER and Baby in the same sentence is heartstopping enough without serial poopsplosions. i hope everyone is better now.

    Warning: This post is largely about poop. Lots and lots of poop. « A Bird’s Nest

  • All I need to say is this-I got so caught up in this heartstopping book that I missed both lunch and supper as I couldn't stop reading.

    Reader reviews of Little Bee by Chris Cleave.

  • There is in the piece of short fiction a moment of time, a beating pulse of emotion, often a heartstopping last line.

    MIND MELD: What Purpose Does Short Fiction Serve?

  • The White Luck Warrior is a story filled with heartstopping action, devious treachery, grand passion, and meticulous detail.

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • The meal could be hopel-poppel, a Midwest heartstopping favorite.

    "You cook breakfast. I'll blog it."

  • There are few sights anywhere to match the lovely gentle curve of the High Street, with its spires and ­belltowers and medieval gables, or the heartstopping glimpse of a ­garden or a meadow through the half-open door in the cloister.

    Dreaming Amid the Spires

  • It turned into a classic affair that the underdog Giants took in heartstopping fashion to avenge two regular season losses.

    Greg Hanlon: From Whiners to Winners: How the Giants Got to the Superbowl

  • Dinner, tv, cuddling with K and relaxing while avoiding Oriel and her slobber toys of doom (drool and water and sand * shudder*) SVU tonight was absolutely heartstopping - one of the best episodes i've ever seen of it ... i usually wouldn't mention watching it at all ... but after this will admit to having high hopes for the series.

    February 12th, 2006

  • “The Keepsake” is a winning combination of a spine-tingling suspense thriller, a riveting mystery and a heartstopping action-adventure story that starts at the very first page and continues all the way through to the end.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • He would silently appear, directing a hypnotic and rather heartstopping gaze at you from his intense mahogany eyes.

    Cruelty to Animals

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