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showstopper

A hardware or (especially) software bug that makes an implementation effectively unusable; one that absolutely has to be fixed before development can go on. Opposite in connotation from its original theatrical use, which refers to something stunningly *good*.
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Stick with one family (greens work especially well together), or got for contrasts, like a white peach with a rosy plum for a showstopping dessert.
The dressing room stood awed after stylist Daniela Agnelli put shy Jie Zheng into a showstopping black mini-dress from Dsquared2 and skyscraper Pucci mesh heels for her first of the three looks.
Her finest hour came when prevailing in a showstopping final-furlong fight with Selkirk in the Sussex Stakes that will never fade from the memory
Tricia Lund and Judy Pollard's SHOWSTOPPING QUILTS TO FOUNDATION PIECE (9781564776921, $26.
Christmas Break'' features a truly relaxing set, with Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and George Shearing on the piano, a wonderful ``O, Tannenbaum'' with Jim Hall on solo acoustic guitar, and the showstopping ``Ave Maria'' from fretboard legend Al Di Meola.
If Liza is mainly familiar now for her hilarious work on Arrested Development and her rollercoaster life of pills, booze, broken bones, and broken marriages, it's time to get reacquainted with her showstopping gifts.
Styled as a "Fire and Ice" evening blending elements of performance art with a runway show, "Still Life in Motion" entertained guests with glacier cocktails and Bloody Mary peppertinis, culinary treats from Colony director of food Roger Hopkins, and showstopping men's and women's clothing and accessories from the Colony's Le Tennique.
Three showstopping floor pieces featuring abstracted pairs of figures seated atop casts of packing crates were consistent with the gestures and poses of Jackson sheltering his "Mini-Me" simian in the photograph.
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Tonight, their last challenge is to produce a single showstopping dish that will wow a trio of the most discerning tongues and tastes of restaurant critics, Tracey MacLeod, William Sitwell and Charles Campion.
They're trying European traditions like Scandi Advent saffron buns, a mincemeat and marzipan couronne (posher than a pie) and Paul's showstopping Kranskake, a Danish tower of cake.
KATY PERRY Make an entrance, with a showstopping glossy plait, like Katy Perry's.