bring up short

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Definition of bring up short

: to cause (someone) to stop suddenly I was wandering through the exhibit when I was brought up short by a striking photograph.

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“Bring up short.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bring%20up%20short. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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