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.