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!
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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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If you're not aware of, or you don't have visibility and transparency as it relates to those things, they can stop you dead in your tracks from a service level standpoint.
With a voice that evokes the feel of Mahalia Jackson and the visceral tones of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Cold Specks' sparse arrangements and chain gang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.
A PHOTOGRAPH of days gone by is sometimes enough to stop you dead in your tracks.
Almost like there an evil loo monster out there who sees it as a personal challenge to throw in your way a toilet that will stop you dead.
The system doesn't just stop you dead at any speed.
He said: 'We created a lot of chances but at 1-0 you are still susceptible and if you lose a goal it can stop you dead in your tracks.
Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, executive chairman for UK Land Estates, said: "Royden's paintings are so striking they stop you dead in your tracks, making you look at how eye-catching and intricate the images are.
Miss St Clair said: "There aren't many projects that come along which stop you dead in your tracks and make you want to go into production immediately.
But the parking lot plant that may stop you dead in your tracks is a clump of what looks like a 7- or 8-foot-tall yarrow.