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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Do you know why the scene in The Seven Year Itch where Marilyn Monroe's white dress flies off on a subway grating stops you dead at the track even now?
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.