drop in one's tracks

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drop in one's tracks

Collapse from weariness or illness; also, die suddenly. For example, I packed all day until I could have dropped in my tracks, or Grandfather's died; he just dropped in his tracks. The phrase in one's tracks has meant "where one is at the moment," and by extension, "instantly," since the early 1800s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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