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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It completely stops them dead, preventing any further growth and killing the existing bacteria.
Randy Abrams, Director of Technical Education at ESET, talks about the newest outbreak of viruses that can seriously impact your computer system, as well as the latest family of ESET Products, NOD32 and ESET Smart Security that stops them dead in their tracks.