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put on the brakes

To slow down, impede, or stop one's activity or progress. We had to put on the brakes when we found out investors were pulling out of the company. I think the government should put on the brakes in regards to its spending, or it's going to find itself in insurmountable debt.
See also: brake, on, put
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"Whoa!" Hastings yelled, putting on the brake and gathering his horses in to a stop alongside.