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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They don't get much bigger than the South Africans and he stopped them dead.
The brothers, like lions on the African savannah, were poised to strike when Blocko stopped them dead in their tracks.
And when the teams emerged for Hampshire's futile reply, Gibson stopped them dead before they had even started.
A deceptively easy looking gully took a hatful of marks as some surprised looking expert riders ended up kissing the front mudguard as the slate type rockery stopped them dead.
Deacon also gets intimations of this other place when he looks in Consolata's eyes before Steward shoots her: "He longed to know what she saw, but Steward, who saw nothing or everything, stopped them dead lest they know another realm" (301).
How many times did she see the old woman inside fix them with cold, hard stares that stopped them dead in their tracks, made their eyes search the ground in embarrassment?