slam (on) the brake(s)

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slam (on) the brake(s)

1. Literally, to quickly step on a vehicles brakes to slow down or stop. He slammed on the brakes when he saw the child running into the street. You risk doing your car serious damage if you slam the brake without shifting down the gears.
2. By extension, to slow down or stop something one is doing. We had to slam on the brakes when we found out investors were pulling out of the company.
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And one heroic motorist, who had to slam on the brakes of the crane he was in to avoid hitting the overturned vehicle, has spoken of how he helped the family get out of the wreckage.
But now they have a few illuminated 50mph signs dotted about, those doing 60+ mph slam on the brakes on seeing them, pull over and traffic slows to a stop.
10am driving towards Barsha, a gentleman in his Mercedes was travelling far too fast and had to slam on the brakes to avoid slamming into a car stopped at the traffic lights.
A jet carrying 286 passengers was forced to slam on the brakes and abort a take-off after another plane began taxiing toward the same runway, US aviation officials have said.
And then another great idea suddenly struck me--the easy way to unload all that heavy sod would be to back up quickly, slam on the brakes and have the pallet simply slide off the back of the truck.
Compounding the problem, the CHP says, are the secondary pile-ups that result as drivers slam on the brakes on slippery freeways.