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stop something dead in something's tracks

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stop dead in the tracks

verb phrase

To stop someone or something very definitely and abruptly: The economy could be stopped dead in its tracks

[1950s+; fr the image of a person or animal dropping straight down on being struck; ''to shoot or kill someone dead in his tracks'' is found by 1824]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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