stop dead in one's tracks

Definition of stop dead in one's tracks

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

Word by Word Definitions

stopplay
  1. :  to close by filling or obstructing

    :  to hinder or prevent the passage of

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

  1. :  cessation, end

    :  a pause or breaking off in speech

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

  1. :  serving to stop :  designed to stop

deadplay
  1. :  deprived of life :  no longer alive

    :  having the appearance of death :  deathly

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

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

    :  the state of being dead

    :  the time of greatest quiet

  1. :  absolutely, utterly

    :  suddenly and completely

    :  directly

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

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

    :  a course laid out especially for racing

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

    :  to search for by following evidence until found

    :  to follow by vestiges :  trace


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