Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a deal-breaker

1) a factor or event that will end an agreement for at least one party
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    • definitely a deal-breaker
  • Analysis
    'A deal-breaker' is a point or detail that cannot be excused or overlooked in an exchange or when making a decision or attempting to reach an agreement. It is an obstruction to a deal or solution. This can be used to talk about formal business deals but also about personal subscription deals, relationships or other social situations. Similar expressions include 'a stumbling block' and 'a breakpoint.'
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. When it comes to a relationship, being messy is a deal-breaker for me.
    2. I was ready to move in but the broken heating was a deal-breaker. I would hate to live somewhere cold.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Dishonesty is definitely a deal-breaker for me and I will quit right away if my employers are untrustworthy.
    2. If a client constantly tries to bargain on the price of my service it's a deal-breaker for me. It's usually not worth the hassle.
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