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
References in classic literature ?
The leaders slacked back an' darn near sat down on their singletrees when I threw the back into the wheelers an' slammed on the brake an' stopped on the very precise spot.
I was coming from downtown Griffin and was heading home, and I had been following the car for a while - She (the driver of the Lexus) slammed on the brakes," Head said.
Darren Murphy, 47, a builder and father of three, then slammed on the brakes of his orange motorcycle in front of the other vehicle.
The defendant pulled in front and slammed on the brakes before riding off.
Lohan blamed faulty brakes for the accident, telling friends she slammed on the brakes when the truck allegedly cut her off and nothing happened.
He said: "I slammed on the brakes hoping the train would stop before it but it didn't.
More than 250 British holidaymakers were left bruised and badly shaken when their plane slammed on the brakes at Bangkok airport pulling up 110 yards short of a taxiing Chinese jumbo.
Passenger Derek Read, 72, of Wisbech, Cambs, said: "We were literally about to take off and had reached about 100mph when the pilot slammed on the brakes.
Fourteen schoolchildren were taken to a hospital with what authorities described as minor injuries after a school bus driver slammed on the brakes to avoid a car that ran a stop sign.
She slammed on the brakes and avoided a collision,'' said California Highway Patrol Officer David Stark.
Harry, 25, hit the turf head first at a charity match in New York when his pony slammed on the brakes.
Passengers were shocked as the plane suddenly slammed on the brakes as it sped along the runway of a Spanish airport.