stop (someone) dead

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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 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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So you physically wrestle the player in the opposing team who has the ball to stop him dead in his tracks.
As he announces he's fallen in love with someone else and is leaving, she has one line that should stop him dead in his tracks but, typically, doesn't.