stop cold

stop (one) cold

To make someone or something stop or come to a complete halt immediately or very suddenly. Hearing the gunshot in the distance stopped us both cold. Boy, Samantha could stop you cold with her smile!
See also: cold, stop

stop cold

To immediately or suddenly stop or come to a complete halt. I don't know what happened. The engine was running fine a second ago but then just stopped cold! Both of us stopped cold when we hear the gunshot in the distance.
See also: cold, stop

stop dead

To immediately or suddenly come to a complete halt. I don't know what happened. The engine was running fine a second ago, but then it just stopped dead! Both of us stopped dead when we heard the gunshot in the distance.
See also: dead, stop

stop someone cold

to halt someone immediately. When you told us the bad news, it stopped me cold.
See also: cold, stop

on a dime

In a very small space, suddenly, as in That horse is so well trained it can turn on a dime. This expression alludes to the fact that the dime is the smallest-size U.S. coin. [Early 1900s]
See also: dime, on

stop cold

Also, stop dead or in one's tracks or on a dime . Halt suddenly, come to a standstill, as in When a thread breaks, the machine just stops cold, or He was so surprised to see them in the audience that he stopped dead in the middle of his speech , or The deer saw the hunter and stopped in its tracks, or An excellent skateboarder, she could stop on a dime. The first term uses cold in the sense "suddenly and completely," a usage dating from the late 1800s. The first variant was first recorded in 1789 and probably was derived from the slightly older, and still current, come to a dead stop, with the same meaning. The second variant uses in one's tracks in the sense of "on the spot" or "where one is at the moment"; it was first recorded in 1824. The third variant alludes to the dime or ten-cent piece, the smallest-size coin.
See also: cold, stop

on a dime

At a precise point; within a narrowly defined area: a sports car that stops on a dime.
See also: dime, on
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Which companies have taken action to stop cold calling?
Exterior doors should also be fitted with keyhole and letterbox covers to stop cold air coming in.
QWE had the external north wall of our bedroom polystyrene-lined to stop cold spots, but the problem''s moved to the external east wall.
If you think you consume too much caffeine and that the best route is stop cold turkey, think again.
People living in Coventry can now pick up a free Stop Cold Calling sticker pack to help deal with the problem which has been designed to be more effective at deterring doorstep callers who ignore residents' wishes and continue to call or refuse to leave.
Keeping the doors of the rooms closed to stop cold air from leaking out and regularly cleaning the air conditioning ducts and filters are obvious ways to prevent power wastage.
Make sure your fridge or freezer door is closed to stop cold air escaping ?
by email Why not stop cold weather payments to ex pats and give it to the disabled?
Consumers who have been getting Botox(R) and fillers and not going to stop cold turkey, but rather they are spacing out their treatments for longer, taking advantage of special offers and deals, and cutting down on fluffy beauty services like facials and oxygen blasts in favor of clinically based treatments that deliver results.
First of all, if you've been advertising consistently in recent years, the last thing you want to do is stop cold turkey.
of New York, Buffalo) respects theory but also knows that when the production line waits for parts, the world seems to stop cold.
How can I stop cold air coming upstairs from the ground floor entrance hall to the living space of my first-floor flat?
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Don't have them stop cold turkey You want to gradually decrease the total daily dosage.