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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So, I let out a loud "maaa" noise and stopped him dead in his tracks.
Kershaw almost lost the trial on his last visit to the greasy rocks of section nine when his footrest caught and stopped him dead, but, with a hefty dab to correct, he escaped for two.
You had to feel for Barry when that injury stopped him dead in his tracks just as he was settling down to play some lovely stuff after an awkward start to his new job.
A horse in front of him virtually knocked him over - it stopped him dead in his tracks and I almost kept going.
He stormed off, but only got as far as the door when Brendan's jibes stopped him dead.
PETER MARR knew he was on the trail of a special player when a 60ft banner bearing the face of Fan Zhiyi stopped him dead in his tracks as he emerged from China's national stadium in Beijing.