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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.
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The pitch condition caused the goal with the ball stopping dead to allow Tommy Taylor the chance burst down the left.
But these days, even the New Yorkers are finding themselves suddenly stopping dead in the middle of the street.
But there are twosomes and threesomes, too, people with more gray in their hair who walk slow, irregular paths along the edges of plots--doing an invisible labyrinth walk--who stop to read headstones, point out a lush new clump of phlox here or marigolds there, sometimes stopping dead still and doing a very solemn and synchronized shake of heads as if to say, "Oh, what a shame." What a shame they lost this boy the way they did.
One afternoon, about six months after his arrival, he found himself stopping dead in the middle of the room and passing his hand in desperation before his eyes.
You realize this if you chart his wake through the streets of Shinjuku--young girls screeching, yakuza gangsters pointing, salary men stopping dead in their tracks.
"And if someone tries to getmy attention outside he letsme know by stopping dead and looking in their direction.