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

Examples of heart-stopper in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heart-stopper was in 1906

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“Heart-stopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heart-stopper. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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