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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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The Keang Kuoa Koong Sapprarod is evidence of Birdcage's showstopping dish presentations.
He meets the builders who are transforming the edges of towns with showstopping architecture.
Paul finishes proceedings off with a showstopping Kransekake, which is a spectacular Scandinavian tower of rings.
Another showstopping smooch of 2012 was between Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux.
Also, Sonakshi Sinha was seen doing the showstopping act for designer Jyotsna Tiwari.
But at its center are the showstopping pas de deux for the dancers.
The Beeb has really pulled a rabbit out of a hat here, and the new series boasts a showstopping new format, a dazzling new host and an astonishing line-up of magicians.
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.
10 at the Bev Wilshire was centered on a serious subject (cancer research), brought out some serious heavy-hitters (Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gwyneth Paltrow), and ended with a seriously showstopping performance by Beyonce.
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.