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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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To me, he thought he had the race in the bag, but when you stop riding this horse he stops dead.
Demi Holborn said, ``Even if it just stops dead from now on, I don't mind because I have had a fantastic time.
67 has an unusual Finale that stops dead in its tracks halfway through the movement, to be taken UP by a string trio, two solo violins, and a solo cello.
Everything stops dead for a moment, everything freezes in place.
Ebert notes that, like the deadly crocodile at the center of its plot in "Lake Placid," "Every time (the film) gets rolling, it stops dead and changes direction.
I am so fed up of seeing only younger women having a good time - as if life stops dead at 40.