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conversation-stoppernoun [C usually singular]

uk   /kɒn.vəˈseɪ.ʃənˌstɒp.ər/ us   /kɑːn.vɚˈseɪ.ʃənˌstɑː.pɚ/
a remark that stops the natural flow of the conversation because it is unexpected and in some way causes embarrassment or shock: When she told us her son was in prison, it was a real conversation-stopper.
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