heart-stopper

noun
heart-stop·​per | \ ˈhärt-ˌstä-pər How to pronounce heart-stopper (audio) \
plural heart-stoppers

Definition of heart-stopper

: a shocking or thrilling occurrence or event (such as an excitingly suspenseful competition) … he connected on the game-winner with a shaky 41-yarder in the closing moments for a 24-22 heart-stopper against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.— Jon Saraceno

First Known Use of heart-stopper

1906, in the meaning defined above

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