stop (dead) in (one's) tracks

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stop (dead) in (one's) tracks

To stop at the exact spot where one is and hold motionless. We stopped dead in our tracks when we heard rustling in the bushes just off the trail. The kids were running along the lawn when the sound of a loud motorcycle stopped them in their tracks.
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stop dead in one's tracks

Fig. to stop completely still suddenly because of fear, a noise, etc. I stopped dead in my tracks when I heard the scream. The deer stopped dead in its tracks when it heard the hunter step on a fallen branch.
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stop one (or something) dead in one's (or something's) tracks

Fig. to stop someone or something suddenly and completely. The gunshot stopped the killer dead in her tracks. The arrow stopped the deer dead in its tracks.
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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.