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stop (someone) dead

To make someone or something come to a complete halt immediately or very suddenly. Hearing the gunshot in the distance stopped us both dead. Boy, Samantha could stop you dead with her smile!
See also: dead, stop

stop cold

To immediately or suddenly stop or come to a complete halt. I don't know what happened. The engine was running fine a second ago but then just stopped cold! Both of us stopped cold when we hear the gunshot in the distance.
See also: cold, stop

stop dead

To immediately or suddenly come to a complete halt. I don't know what happened. The engine was running fine a second ago, but then it just stopped dead! Both of us stopped dead when we heard the gunshot in the distance.
See also: dead, stop
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We could push it to Grovenor Street, which was slightly downhill, and we could sit on it and go some distance and then turn into Ledsam Street, which was also downhill, and get to Morville Street, which was a right turn, and we would stop dead opposite Dr Glass's surgery.
Usually, we know when and where we're going to stop dead,'' said Keith Richards.
Community council chairman Tommy Pringles said: "It's bad enough when people stop dead to photograph the signpost for Dull.
Except in very few cases it's impossible to win a ball and just stop dead.
PEOPLE who stop dead in doorways and shake their umbrella down.
The indicator will stop dead in the water, it will shoot upstream, it will go sideways or go down.
A SCOTTISH Tory has branded TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's campaign to stop dead fish being thrown back into the sea as misguided and flawed.