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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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Both sides had done well to play at all in appalling conditions, with water lying on the ground and passes often stopping dead.
York's stewards put another stopper on Pat Eddery's gallop yesterday and the Godolphin team are in danger of stopping dead.