slam/jam on the brakes

idiom

: to press down hard on the brakes of a car to make it stop suddenly
He slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting the other car.
You risk getting into an accident if you jam on the brakes when another car is right behind you.

Examples of slam/jam on the brakes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Diaz said a motorist on a cross street had cruised through a stop sign, forcing Diaz to slam on the brakes to avoid a crash. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 22 Jan. 2024 Suddenly, a Mercedes-Benz SUV stopped in front of him, forcing him to slam on the brakes. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The randomness of where the ball might end up forced the players to slam on the brakes or speed up at a high rate. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2024 Opponents contend the slow-growth measure would slam on the brakes, just as the city is overcoming decades of construction inertia. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 The vehicle could not anticipate the actions of jaywalkers or slam on the brakes, according to the report. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2023 Several drivers have had to slam on the brakes to prevent the car from hitting people in crosswalks, videos appear to show. Matt McFarland, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 More companies are expected to do the same as firms that aggressively hired over the last two years slam on the brakes, and in many cases shift into reverse. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 21 Jan. 2023 Then slam on the brakes and make a 16-point turn right there rather than, say, continuing to the next side street or crossroad. Car and Driver, 26 Dec. 2022

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“Slam/jam on the brakes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slam%2Fjam%20on%20the%20brakes. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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