Stop the music!

Stop the music!

Stop! Hold everything! Stop the music! The president's daughter has been kidnapped! Everyone, stop the music—there's something I need to tell you.
See also: stop

stop the music

 and stop the presses
Inf. Stop everything!; Hold it! (Presses refers to the printing presses used to print newspapers. This means that there is recent news of such magnitude that the presses must be stopped so a new edition can be printed immediately.) John (entering the room): Stop the music! There's a fire in the kitchen! Mary: Good grief! Let's get out of here! "Stop the presses!" shouted Jane. "I have an announcement."
See also: music, stop

Stop the music!

exclam. Stop!; Stop whatever is happening! (From an old radio game show called Stop the Music!) “Stop the music!” hollered the conductor, making a little joke.
See also: stop

Stop the music! Hold everything!

Stop The Music was a popular radio quiz show that began in 1947 and moved to television a year later. Studio contestants and home listeners or viewers (by telephone) heard a song played, then try to be the first one to guess its title. As soon as contestants indicated that they knew the answer, emcee Burt Parks shouted the show's title. Thanks to the program, anyone who wanted to break into a conversation to make a point or to get someone's attention yelled “stop the music!”
See also: hold, stop
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