One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A remark which is so surprising or embarrassing that it is difficult to find a polite reply.
- ‘It's a bit of a conversation-stopper, don't you think?’
- ‘For notice that it is a conversation-stopper rather than a move in the intended conversation.’
- ‘It's a sure-fire conversation-stopper, yet we use it all the time: ‘How are you doing?’’
- ‘Whatever it was, I wanted to try something different, off-the-wall, a real conversation-stopper.’
- ‘That's right, brain surgery - it's a real conversation stopper, isn't it?’
- ‘Not only are they total conversation-stoppers, but if people hear them enough, they start to believe them.’
- ‘This is truly the first, and last, conversation-stopper of the evening.’
- ‘In a country like ours, where life is generally so soft and easeful, heroism is a special kind of conversation-stopper.’
- ‘Another issue that might be causing this conversation stopper is that the goals may not be written very well.’
- ‘In those church groups I led, the idea that love is a gift was often more a conversation-stopper.’
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