bring someone up short
bring (one) up short
To cause one to abruptly stop doing something. The sudden blaring of the alarm brought me up short on my way down the hall. News of the reduction in funding brought our researchers up short.
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bring (or pull) someone up shortmake someone check or pause abruptly.
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