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    Question 'Showstopper' usage

    As far as I know, Showstopper means a part of something longer is so impressive that the whole show is stopped to appreciate that part.

    But, I have seen usage of Showstopper (even with native speakers) as something without which a project (let's say) cannot go forward. It stops, but not to appreciate the impressiveness, but because it is absolutely necessary to have.

    Any comment, please?

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    Re: 'Showstopper' usage

    I have never been aware of that usage. It seems to be non-standard as none of the dictionaries here mentions that meaning.

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    Re: 'Showstopper' usage

    A 'deal breaker' is a term that is often used to describe a situation that has reached an impasse.

    What is the specific context for your sentence?

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    Re: 'Showstopper' usage

    Yes, it can be used in that way. It is something that literally puts a stop to the show, meaning the project.

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    Re: 'Showstopper' usage

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    A 'deal breaker' is a term that is often used to describe a situation that has reached an impasse.

    What is the specific context for your sentence?

    let's say, A research project is going on to develop a product. It needs input from all departments viz. Marketing, Design
    , Production, Operation etc. Now, while the project is going on, Finance department is always late with their input. The project manager says "As, this is only a research project and a budget has been allocated, finance input is not a showstopper, though it is good to have."

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    Re: 'Showstopper' usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I have never been aware of that usage. It seems to be non-standard as none of the dictionaries here mentions that meaning.

    Rover
    It's used in the IT world. I initially found it very confusing that a 'Priority 5 Bug' was a 'suggestion' - unlikely ever to be fixed - whereas a 'Priority 1 Bug' (or 'Showstopper bug') involved catastrophic failure - requiring VP signoff and all hands to the pumps.

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    Re: 'Showstopper' usage

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, it can be used in that way. It is something that literally puts a stop to the show, meaning the project.
    But the confusing thing is that a literal stopper of a show was aong that excited such a huge audience response that they went on demanding encores. So it was a good thing (from the point of view of the writer); although it was a bad thing from the point of view of the caretaker who wanted to lock up at 10.01 p.m.

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