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hit the brakes

1. Literally, to quickly engage a vehicle's 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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The driver appears to move into the left lane to overtake the stationary vehicles before hitting the brakes and crashing through the barriers.
Instead of hitting the brakes, he pressed on the accelerator and knocked down the 22-year-old Asian worker.
FROM the moment you think about hitting the brakes to the moment your car finally stops depends on many things Thinking distance, braking distance and weather conditions are all factors.
There are some schools where a student's success depends on hitting the brakes instead of the books.
Fed tightening in the late 1970s, late 1980s, and 2000 amounted to hitting the brakes, as did a rather bizarre episode in 1994 when the Fed felt the economic recovery was gaining too much momentum.
The Fed is now gradually lifting the accelerator off the floor rather than hitting the brakes.
Rogers pulled back on the stick while hitting the brakes, but the AD continued to slide.
The crackdown on platform shoes follows a road accident in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture, last November, in which a car crashed into a concrete pole when the driver's platform shoes allegedly prevented her from quickly hitting the brakes.
I remember hitting the brakes but there was no way I could stop.
If you're in a spin, put "two feet in": if an automatic transmission car is beyond skidding and in a complete spin-out, hitting the brakes hard will help slow down the spin and make the car move in a consistent manner, whereas pumping the brakes will cause the car to "float" in multiple directions during the spin.
A passenger on the Number 19, which was heading to the Tillydrone area of the city, said the driver kept hitting the brakes.
It was poor judgement to be hitting the brakes there but I don't think he did it deliberately," said Montoya's team boss, Frank Williams.