stop dead in one's tracks

idiom (1)

Definition of stop dead in one's tracks 

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

stop (dead) in one's tracks

idiom (2)

Definition of stop (dead) in one's tracks (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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