stop dead in one's tracks

stop dead in one's tracks
   If you stop dead in your tracks, you stop suddenly because you are frightened or totally surprised.
   

When Steve saw the snake, he stopped dead in his tracks.


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  • stop\ in\ one's\ tracks — • stop cold • stop dead • stop in one s tracks v. phr. informal To stop very quickly or with great force. The hunter pulled the trigger and stopped the deer cold. When I saw Mary on the street, I was so surprised I stopped dead. The deer heard a… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • stop\ dead — • stop cold • stop dead • stop in one s tracks v. phr. informal To stop very quickly or with great force. The hunter pulled the trigger and stopped the deer cold. When I saw Mary on the street, I was so surprised I stopped dead. The deer heard a… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • stop — I n. halt cessation 1) to make a stop 2) to put a stop to (the teacher put a stop to the cheating) 3) to bring to a stop (the driver brought the bus to a stop) 4) to come to a stop (the train came to a stop) 5) an abrupt, sudden; brief; dead;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • tracks — n. trail 1) to leave tracks 2) to make tracks for ( to go directly to ) 3) to cover one s tracks misc. 4) to stop (dead) in one s tracks ( to stop instantaneously ) * * * [ trail ] to leave tracks to cover one s tracks to make tracks for ( to go… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • stop — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. close; obstruct; stanch; arrest, halt, impede; inhibit; delay, hold up, detain; discontinue, suspend; end, terminate, conclude; cease, desist. Ant., go, continue, encourage. n. halt, standstill,… …   English dictionary for students

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  • stop\ cold — • stop cold • stop dead • stop in one s tracks v. phr. informal To stop very quickly or with great force. The hunter pulled the trigger and stopped the deer cold. When I saw Mary on the street, I was so surprised I stopped dead. The deer heard a… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • dead — [[t]de̱d[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADJ A person, animal, or plant that is dead is no longer living. You re a widow? Yes. My husband s been dead a year now. ... The group had shot dead another hostage. ...their dead brother. ...old newspapers and dead flowers.… …   English dictionary

  • dead — dead1 [ ded ] adjective *** ▸ 1 no longer alive ▸ 2 not working ▸ 3 not interesting ▸ 4 no longer relevant ▸ 5 very weak/tired/sick ▸ 6 having no feeling ▸ 7 showing little emotion ▸ 8 no longer spoken ▸ 9 complete ▸ 10 in ball games ▸ 11 when… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dead — I UK [ded] / US adjective Word forms dead : adjective dead comparative deader superlative deadest *** 1) a) no longer alive The police don t know whether she s alive or dead. He is grieving for his dead father. I raked up the dead leaves. a dead… …   English dictionary

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