Stop him dead - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
stop (someone) dead (redirected from stop him dead)
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!
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.
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His defensive efforts in the early stages kept England in the contest and the tackle he made on the much bigger Kiwi second rower Kevin Proctor to stop him dead
on the line was one he had no right to make.
So you physically wrestle the player in the opposing team who has the ball to stop him dead
in his tracks.
As he announces he's fallen in love with someone else and is leaving, she has one line that should stop him dead
in his tracks but, typically, doesn't.
They launch at the carrier and try to stop him dead
with a bone-shuddering challenge.