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drop in (one's) tracks

1. To die suddenly. Brett always seemed so healthy—I'm shocked that he dropped in his tracks at 30.
2. To collapse, as from over-exertion. I hardly remember the end of the marathon because I dropped in my tracks as soon as I crossed the finish line.
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drop in one's tracks

Collapse from weariness or illness; also, die suddenly. For example, I packed all day until I could have dropped in my tracks, or Grandfather's died; he just dropped in his tracks. The phrase in one's tracks has meant "where one is at the moment," and by extension, "instantly," since the early 1800s.
See also: drop, track