Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

stop dead in (your) tracks

stop dead in your tracks
Meaning(s)
1) suddenly stop moving or doing something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • I stopped dead in my tracks, unsure of what to do next
  • Analysis
    To 'stop dead in your tracks' is an idiomatic expression which means to stop suddenly or abruptly, usually due to shock or surprise.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    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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