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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I did 90 per cent right of what I could have done on the line, bar stopping him dead which would have been some feat.
On the next circuit, Jarek Hampel knocked the pole sidewards and it went straight through Chris' front wheel, stopping him dead.