in one's tracks
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- Suddenly; abruptly
2010 July 12, “Cyclist warns of road sign obstruction”:
- Cyclist Anthony Robson found himself stopped in his tracks by this road sign.
2010 July 11, Haroon Siddique, “Barefoot Bandit arrested in the Bahamas”:
- After two years on the run from the US authorities the suspected thief known as the Barefoot Bandit has finally been stopped in his tracks.
2006 October 28, Mike Averis, “Bristol's heavy brigade knock back potent Brew for victory”:
- The sinner of the first half cut in from the left wing, losing his marker to take a gentle pass from Ceri Sweeney and leave Bristol's Craig Morgan frozen in his tracks.
- Very commonly found with stopped.