jam (on) the brake(s)

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jam (on) the brake(s)

1. Literally, to quickly press on a vehicle's brakes to slow down or stop. He jammed on the brakes when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you jam the brake without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. We had to jam on the brakes when we found out investors were pulling out of the company.
See also: jam

jam on the ˈbrake(s)

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jam the ˈbrake(s) on

make a vehicle stop very suddenly by operating the brakes with force: The car skidded as he jammed on the brakes.
See also: brake, jam, on
References in classic literature ?
That was the Grange, remarked Albert, over his shoulder, and then he jammed the brake on, and the motor slowed down and stopped.
He steered the tug, jammed the brakes and was able to stop it only centimetres away from the engine of the aircraft.
BMW ace Kubica said his race was blighted by a plastic bag blown from the grandstands which jammed the brakes for two corners.
I shot into the parking lot, and jammed the brakes one last time, as the car skidded into a parking space, perfectly parallel to the lines.
I jammed the brakes on then realised I was going to hit it.