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Idiom of the week – A showstopper

Posted by englishlessons on August 19, 2014

Definition:

something that stops the progress or functioning of something

Examples:

The bug in the beta version of this software is a showstopper; we have to fix it before we can release the software.

The latest budget estimates were a showstopper for passing this legislation.

Note: “Showstopper” is a compound noun, so the stress is on the first part, “show.”

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