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stop (someone) dead

To make someone or something come to a complete halt immediately or very suddenly. Hearing the gunshot in the distance stopped us both dead. Boy, Samantha could stop you dead with her smile!
See also: dead, 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
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Congressional pressure has continued, including claims that the country's technological innovation and economic growth will stop dead in its tracks if the business combination exposure draft is implemented.
I know it's a very effete attitude from a person who is supposed to be so politically minded, but I want to understand what gives a teapot its ability to make you stop dead and look at it.
Her comments about writing pretty much stop dead when she completes Atlas Shrugged: A whole shelf of nonfiction essays was to follow, but she seems to have dashed them off without the careful note taking and redrafting that typified her novels - either that, or the notes and early drafts of the nonfiction did not survive.
A move to stop dead fish being thrown back into the sea because they are over the quota is also a step closer following a campaign led by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall The package also promises more regional control of fishing management.
He said: "It's bad enough when people stop dead to photograph the sign now.
LOCAL campaigners are backing celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's fight to stop dead fish from being thrown back into the sea.