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.
See also: slam
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The problem is the junction is on a hill so you don't get a clear view of the traffic coming towards you until it's too late and you have to slam the brakes on or put your foot down and make a dash for it.
RICHARD Hammond's wife will slam the brakes on his TV job if he has any more car crashes.
It was then that another tow truck cut into his lane, forcing the Pakistani driver to slam the brakes again before pulling over to the side of the road.
THE supply of homes coming on the market is plummeting at the sharpest rate on surveyors' records as the EU referendum vote helps to slam the brakes on property prices, buyer interest and sales.
Requiring Web publishers to make their sites 'accessible' to blind, deaf, and other handicapped users under the Americans with Disabilities Act was a nearly perfect way to stifle creative freedom and slam the brakes on the Internet's expansion.
He didn't slam the brakes until after they flew off the car,'' said Mr.
Then they all pull out again, do 60+, next sign, slam the brakes on and same again and again.
A LABOUR bid to slam the brakes on unscrupulous logbook lenders has been blocked by ministers.
Its pilots had to slam the brakes so hard, they worried they had become dangerously hot.
Neighbours Redcar Athletic are also desperate to slam the brakes after a bleak start to the year as they travel to Annfield Plain.
Television networks projected Republicans would pick up at least 50 House seats, more than the 39 they need for a majority that would elevate conservative John Boehner to House speaker, place Republicans in charge of House committees and slam the brakes on Obama's agenda.
FABIAN DELPH has been told to slam the brakes on his comeback plans with Aston Villa.
2 % in 2010, as tough economic conditions slam the brakes on rising real estate values, a survey showed.
Pictures' decision to push back the release of the fifth Harry Potter movie from November 2008 to July 2009 is forcing Potter licensees to slam the brakes on their planned campaigns for the holiday season and shift their focus forward to 2009.
Pressure has been growing on the government and the Bank of England (BoE) to do more to resolve a mortgage debt crisis that is threatening to slam the brakes on the British economy.