pull up short


: to suddenly stop what one is doing
I had to slam on the brakes when the car in front of me pulled up short.
He began to answer her question and then pulled up short.

Examples of pull up short in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On two of those plays, the Bengals rookie appeared to pull up short as he was being sized up by Washington S Landon Collins. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 There's always the possibility that Trump will pull up short at some point and consider the weight of his words -- and the impact on his legacy. Nancy Benac, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 Every runner has had the experience of starting a race fast only to flounder and pull up short in the later miles. Jason Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 26 Nov. 2019

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“Pull up short.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pull%20up%20short. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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