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!
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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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OCCASIONALLY you spot a headline that stops you dead in your tracks.
And then, suddenly, Bonneville stops you dead with some spectacle of stupefying beauty: a glassy pond mirroring the mountains, a dawn that lights the white world a limpid pink.
The verbal onslaught stops you dead in your tracks.
The absurdity of taking Queen songs out of their original context has already been proved with the recent hip-hop harmony version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by the Braids, a pair of would-be En Voguers who first recorded the outrageously demanding tune as a demo tape to flaunt their substantial skills and ended up with a radio hit--the kind that stops you dead in your tracks because you can't believe what you're hearing.
When a sharp pain stops you dead and you are forced into an embarrassing hobble home, you don't have to be an expert to know what's happened.
It's one of those tracks that stops you dead in your tracks when you hear it for the first time.