stop (someone) in his/her tracks

idiom

Definition of stop (someone) in his/her tracks

: to surprised (someone) very much : to cause someone to stop and think
  • Her comment stopped me (dead) in my tracks.

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

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

her play
  1. : of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case of she

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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