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!
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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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However, lest we got smug, the scenes at The New Den and Stamford Bridge this week stopped us dead in our tracks.
It was the perfect heckle and stopped us dead in our tracks.
Argentina stopped us dead by putting bodies in the middle and slowing it down for us.