stop dead in one's tracks

Definition of stop dead in one's tracks

:to stop suddenly
  • He stopped dead in his tracks when he heard the shout.

Word by Word Definitions

stop play
  1. : to close by filling or obstructing

  2. : to hinder or prevent the passage of

  3. : to get in the way of : be wounded or killed by

  1. : cessation, end

  2. : a pause or breaking off in speech

  3. : a graduated set of organ pipes of similar design and tone quality

  1. : serving to stop : designed to stop

dead play
  1. : deprived of life : no longer alive

  2. : having the appearance of death : deathly

  3. : lacking power to move, feel, or respond : numb

  1. : someone who is no longer alive : one that is dead (see 1dead 1)

  2. : the state of being dead

  3. : the time of greatest quiet

  1. : absolutely, utterly

  2. : suddenly and completely

  3. : directly

track play tracks
  1. : a footprint whether recent or fossil

  2. : detectable evidence (such as the wake of a ship, a line of footprints, or a wheel rut) that something has passed

  3. : a path made by or as if by repeated footfalls : trail

  1. : to follow the tracks or traces of : trail

  2. : to search for by following evidence until found

  3. : to follow by vestiges : trace


stop (dead) in one's tracks

Definition of stop (dead) in one's tracks

:to stop suddenly
  • I stopped (dead) in my tracks when I saw the bear.

Word by Word Definitions

stop play
  1. : to close by filling or obstructing

  2. : to hinder or prevent the passage of

  3. : to get in the way of : be wounded or killed by

  1. : cessation, end

  2. : a pause or breaking off in speech

  3. : a graduated set of organ pipes of similar design and tone quality

  1. : serving to stop : designed to stop

dead play
  1. : deprived of life : no longer alive

  2. : having the appearance of death : deathly

  3. : lacking power to move, feel, or respond : numb

  1. : someone who is no longer alive : one that is dead (see 1dead 1)

  2. : the state of being dead

  3. : the time of greatest quiet

  1. : absolutely, utterly

  2. : suddenly and completely

  3. : directly

track play tracks
  1. : a footprint whether recent or fossil

  2. : detectable evidence (such as the wake of a ship, a line of footprints, or a wheel rut) that something has passed

  3. : a path made by or as if by repeated footfalls : trail

  1. : to follow the tracks or traces of : trail

  2. : to search for by following evidence until found

  3. : to follow by vestiges : trace


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