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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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Then the free arm begins to flail wildly, then stops dead to make an exaggerated open-hand gesture.
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o and stops dead in her tracks to clutch her trousers several times a day.
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He knows the horse is lazy and stops dead, but he thought he was miles clear.