stop dead in (your) tracks

Meaning(s)

1. suddenly stop moving or doing something

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I stopped dead in my tracks, unsure of what to do next

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To 'stop dead in your tracks' is an idiomatic expression which means to stop suddenly or abruptly, usually due to shock or surprise.

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  1. I was walking home late one night when I heard a scream that made me stop dead in my tracks. The sound was absolutely terrifying.
  2. When I heard the announcement about the attack on the radio, I was stopped dead in my tracks.

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  1. While giving his presentation, Neil was stopped dead in his tracks by a difficult question. He clearly had no idea how to answer it.
  2. That setback has stalled production, stopping our recent momentum dead in its tracks.  

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