slam (on) the brake(s)

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slam (on) the brake(s)

1. Literally, to quickly press on a vehicle's 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 that 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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For most drivers, the lag between the lead car stopping and slamming on the brakes was around 700 milliseconds.
His tips include checking conditions ahead in good time and gradually slowing down instead of slamming on the brakes.
Drivers are slamming on the brakes, creating tailbacks, to gawp at the picture hanging in the window of an art gallery.