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 for showstopper
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  showstopper
      n 1: an act so striking or impressive that the show must be
           delayed until the audience quiets down [syn: show-
           stopper, showstopper, stopper]
      2: something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular
         appeal; "she has a show-stopper of a smile"; "the brilliant
         orange flowers against the green foliage were a showstopper"
         [syn: show-stopper, showstopper]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  showstopper
   n.
  
      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.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  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*.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-01-31)
  

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