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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 it was a shock to see him take to Birmingham's streets to play an intimate set to people finishing work, children enjoying their summer break and shoppers, stopping them dead in their tracks.
Deer and National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman Anthony Hope took issue with most of the report's recommendations, stopping them dead in their tracks.
This unique service limits corporate liability by preventing the transmission of destructive and disruptive virus strains such as the recent Melissa, Papa and ExploreZip, and stopping them dead in their tracks.