hit the brakes

hit the brakes

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles brakes to slow down or stop. He hit the brakes when he saw the child running into the street.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. We had to hit the brakes on development when we found out the investors were pulling out.
See also: brake, hit

hit the brakes

 
1. Lit. to step on a vehicle's brakes hard and fast. I came around the curve too fast and had to hit the brakes immediately.
2. Fig. to stop [something]. The project seemed to be getting nowhere so we hit the brakes before too much more money was spent.
See also: brake, hit
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Climbing into the higher-numbered channels, I clicked through a rap video, slowed by a roundtable on the economy, and finally hit the brakes at the so-called educational channel, where a rather fit, looking gentleman in his mid, to late sixties was being interviewed in a sparsely furnished white room.
Investigators found no skid marks on the roadway, which could mean Bessey never hit the brakes as the car careened out of control, the sheriff's report said.
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When you brake it's all about feel through your boot, the reaction of the car when you hit the brakes.
The Ross Brawn (below) designed car was slowing from 200mph when he hit the brakes at 160mph and skidded for 70 metres across tarmac and sand and into the barriers still doing 35mph.
Hamilton revealed that his 5 million pound-worth racing car will have a fundamental re-design, after the Ross Brawn-designed car skidded for 70 metres across tarmac and sand into the barriers, when Hamilton hit the brakes at 160 mph as the car was slowing from 200 mph.
next days be We've all shuddered on the occasion we've spotted a yellow box late and hit the brakes or seen the flashbulb glare in the rearview mirror.
Sometimes there's no room to manoeuvre so there's nothing else to do but hit the brakes and hope for the best.
The driver of the TGV spotted him and hit the brakes but could not avoid hitting the man.
I hit the brakes because the girls were screaming, the girls in my car.
I only found out he was there when I saw him right in front of my car and I hit the brakes, but it was too late and I hit him.
The train's driver said later he hit the brakes to avoid a collision after seeing the minivehicle cross the crossing.
The train driver said he saw a person curled up on the track and hit the brakes but was unable to stop.
Ray Yousef hit the brakes at the stop sign, apparently a little more quickly than the truck behind him preferred.