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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The question is so basic that it stops us dead in our tracks.
A puzzle can actually be a very large and indeterminate situation, which stops us dead in our tracks because we don't know what to do.