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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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It not only reduces the amount of fuel needed, but also stops dead leaves taking up landfill space.
"I'd be like 'watch this', hit it and watch people gasp and then it stops dead. That's exactly how it was.
Then the free arm begins to flail wildly, then stops dead to make an exaggerated open-hand gesture.
IAEve suspected RachelAEs been ready to give it a go for a few weeks now u largely because she shouts opoo!o and owee!o and stops dead in her tracks to clutch her trousers several times a day.
"That's how hard you will hit the dashboard if the car hits an oncoming vehicle or a tree and stops dead.
"He knows the horse is lazy and stops dead, but he thought he was miles clear.