slam (on) the brake(s)

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slam (on) the brake(s)

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles brakes to slow down or stop. He slammed on the brakes when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you slam the brake without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. We had to slam on the brakes when we found out investors were pulling out of the company.
See also: slam
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To find out how severe a crash will be, accelerometers measure how much the car slows down when the driver slams on the brakes.
Helen Rawdin slams on the brakes when she spots the day's first yard sale, the first pile of somebody else's stuff sprawled across a lawn.