dead stop

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And although my sister instantly boxed my ears, it was highly gratifying to me to see that the answer spoilt his joke, and brought him to a dead stop.
He came to a dead stop, a yard from our step, and, leaning up against the railings, and selecting a straw to chew, fixed us with his eye.
Little Dorrit looked up, surprised, and they confronted Maggy, who brought herself at sight of them to a dead stop.
Here he came to a dead stop, and made so long a pause that even John Willet grew impatient and asked why he did not proceed.
And just then, as I roared along like a conquering hero, the boat received a frightful smash and came instantly to a dead stop.
Then the sled lurched ahead in what appeared a rapid succession of jerks, though it never really came to a dead stop again .
The dogs suddenly came to a dead stop, and the party advancing stealthily a single pace, stopped too.
No,' said Ralph, coming to a dead stop, and clasping his hands more tightly behind him.
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Unfortunately, his little cycle wasn't powerful enough to pull somebody from a dead stop, so Brandon would gas it, Nick would push to catch up, grab hold of the bike and then whip himself up the bank.
Using brakes, the police patrol car in the front slowed the speeding vehicle to a dead stop, the police said
That is, until she hears a reporter's question mentioning Granger's name - then she makes a dead stop.