showstopper

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show +‎ stopper

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showstopper (plural showstoppers)

  1. A performance or segment of a theatrical production that induces a positive audience reaction strong enough to pause the production.
  2. Any impediment that prevents all further progress.
    1. (computing) A software bug that must be fixed before any further development is possible.
      Synonym: blocker

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Ambiguous connotation, depending on context: very good or very bad.

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