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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THE housing market is in danger of grinding to a halt as the credit crunch slams the brake on mortgage lending.
7% in second quarter as sales tax rise slams the brakes on growth
An hour later, he exits, pressing the pedal hard, thinking c'mon bubba, let's go up the hill he knows so well now, and the engine groans and pushes and then there they are, so white in the headlights at first he mistakes them for deer as he slams the brakes, but it's too late, too late, and a thud like a fist to a cheekbone, crunch of glass and the rise and fall but the car won't stop, keeps moving, floating almost, though the tires smoke and screech and finally, silence.
The cameraman slams the brakes before any cows hit, before reversing away from the pandemonium.
Gulf: Steel demand from the Gulf's construction industry could slump as much as 35 per cent this year, as the global credit crisis slams the brakes on economic growth in the region, analysts say.
They track a vehicle's speed and other actions, such as acceleration rate and whether a driver slams the brakes on or makes sharp turns.
TONY BLAIR has been warned he faces a walkout of ordinary rank and file members of the Labour Party in Wales unless he slams the brakes on the build-up to war against Iraq.
ATP, which slams the brakes on all trains passing red lights, has been ruled out by successive governments on cost grounds.
The deal slams the brakes on the two Louisiana casino projects for which the Company has made promises to Louisiana regulators but admits it does not have funding.