stop for (someone or something)

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stop for (someone or something)

1. To cease moving for some amount of time. Boy, I'm really out of shape! Can we stop for a few minutes until I catch my breath? We're going to stop for a few day's at my cousin's house on our way to Florida.
2. To stop driving one's vehicle temporarily in order to do or acquire something. Mom, can we stop for ice cream on the way home? The police officer made me stop for a roadside sobriety test.
3. To stop driving one's vehicle so that someone can board. You really should stop for hitchhikers, you know. I thought they were going to stop for me, but then they just drove off instead.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stop for someone

to halt one's vehicle to allow someone to get in. I stopped for Jeff, but he didn't want a ride. I didn't have time to stop for you. I hope you will forgive me.
See also: stop

stop for something

to halt one's vehicle because of something or the need of something. I had to stop for a red light. We stopped for some gas.
See also: stop
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
"Just run and tell East to come and back me," said Tom to a small School-house boy, who was off like a rocket to Harrowell's, just stopping for a moment to poke his head into the School-house hall, where the lower boys were already at tea, and sing out, "Fight!
"limit police from stopping for trivial traffic offenses unrelated