in one's tracks

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in one's tracks (not comparable)

  1. Suddenly; abruptly
    • 2010, July 12, Cyclist warns of road sign obstruction[The Guardian]:
      Cyclist Anthony Robson found himself stopped in his tracks by this road sign.
    • 2010, July 11, “Haroon Siddique”, in Barefoot Bandit arrested in the Bahamas[The Guardian]:
      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”, in Bristol's heavy brigade knock back potent Brew for victory[The Guardian]:
      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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Very commonly found with stopped.