hit the brakes

hit the brakes

1. Literally, to quickly engage a vehicle's brakes to slow down or stop. He hit the brakes when he saw the child running into the street.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. We had to hit the brakes on development when we found out the investors were pulling out.
See also: brake, hit

hit the brakes

 
1. Lit. to step on a vehicle's brakes hard and fast. I came around the curve too fast and had to hit the brakes immediately.
2. Fig. to stop [something]. The project seemed to be getting nowhere so we hit the brakes before too much more money was spent.
See also: brake, hit
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The driver hit the brakes as she failed to get up the hill in wintry conditions then slipped backwards towards a steep drop, where there was no protective barrier.
Unfortunately, for Theresa May and her band of Tory cronies, this isn't enough to hit the brakes.
The train's driver hit the brakes, but was unable to prevent the collision.
Telford hit the Brakes on the counter, making it 3-0 on 73 minutes when former England under-18 international Lussey lashed in from outside the box.
Cars at the Angel hit the brakes and slow, cars behind that slow too, go far enough back and people have stopped.
I came to an intersection as the light was turning yellow and did what I always do--I hit the brakes.
A DRIVER cruising along a beach road got the shock of his life when he hit the brakes as a football bounced on to the tarmac in front of him.
Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, who was interviewed and the New York International Auto Show, said that new crash mitigation technology will warn you if you are about to have an accident and will actually hit the brakes for you if there is something impending, CBS News reported.
He hit the brakes, managing to pass through the middle of the flock without hitting any.
Hundreds of spectators lined up the streets to cheer the procession, which finally hit the brakes at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
My last lap is probably the first time I've switched my tyres on all weekend, and when you don't generate the heat in your tyres you don't have the confidence to hit the brakes hard and brake late.
So, I hit the brakes to slow down and eventually stopped as the signal turned red.
Ex-England player Lisa Stanley, head coach of Team Northumbria, took the wheel of the 12-tonne vehicle on the M1 in Derbyshire on Saturday She hit the brakes and steered the bus away from the central reservation, bringing it to a stop on an embankment.
I hear people talking inside my head Without even knowing what's being said Staring ahead for a glimpse of the light But the tunnel goes on, darker than night Deeper and deeper we seem to fly Lurching, not knowing to where or why Faster and faster my head is spinning All hope gone, depression is winning Then suddenly someone has hit the brakes A voice shouts aloud "You know what it takes" It all becomes clear, I know what to do But have I the courage to see it through The train is slowing, it's taking a bend On and on "Is there no end
In a fast-moving car, the brain can hit the brakes faster than the foot.