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
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An old kitchen knife will work to dig them out or you can sprinkle some weedkiller to stop them dead.
Fashionistas turn to Ellen Extensions for haute hairstyles that stop them dead in their tracks.
We've gone from one extreme where we could do nothing to stop these clubs and now we can stop them dead.
If someone runs into you at 15mph and you stop them dead, that force has to go somewhere - normally down the spine.
Michelle added: 'The show will be the best ever andwe have no doubt that Rachel will stop them dead.
If we keep our eyes open and are willing to do our part, we can stop them dead in their tracks.
The ASB is considering the possibility that the Y2K problem may not only cause problems for clients, but it may also stop them dead.
3 SSL Scanner can catch these attacks and stop them dead in their tracks, and our end-to-end client certificate support adds new flexibility to SSL-based applications," added Clawson.
Simply, we have got to stop them dead in their tracks, because the theory is that everybody's the same, whatever their size, weight or speed, when they're lying on the floor.
GATECRASHERS can forget Glastonbury this year as a towering wall of steel will stop them dead.