stop (someone) dead

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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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Against all odds and all the firepower arrayed to stop them dead in their tracks, they continue pressing on.
An old kitchen knife will work to dig them out or you can sprinkle some weedkiller to stop them dead.
We've gone from one extreme where we could do nothing to stop these clubs and now we can stop them dead.
If someone runs into you at 15mph and you stop them dead, that force has to go somewhere - normally down the spine.
Michelle added: 'The show will be the best ever andwe have no doubt that Rachel will stop them dead.
If we keep our eyes open and are willing to do our part, we can stop them dead in their tracks.
The ASB is considering the possibility that the Y2K problem may not only cause problems for clients, but it may also stop them dead.
But the privacy issue, if not addressed properly, may stop them dead in their tracks.
3 SSL Scanner can catch these attacks and stop them dead in their tracks, and our end-to-end client certificate support adds new flexibility to SSL-based applications," added Clawson.
Simply, we have got to stop them dead in their tracks, because the theory is that everybody's the same, whatever their size, weight or speed, when they're lying on the floor.