Banning such a relationship doesn't just put the brakes on male desire.
Both the non-handshake and his speech might be seen as Rouhani tapping the brakes, not slamming them.
It comes with a caution that under certain and statistically very unlikely circumstances the brakes will fail.
Their rage escalated as traffic crawled for miles and the women flashed their headlights and hit their brakes.
The government doesn't need to apply the brakes with more force to avoid disaster.
Tom, brought suddenly out of his fit of musing, jammed on the brakes, and steered to one side.
You turn a handle and off she goes; then you turn the handle the other way, put on the brakes, and you stop her.
Ostrander, with his hand on the wheel, his feet on the brakes, slipped through the crowded streets unchallenged.
With a squealing of brakes the machine drew up at the frontier.
Philip drew a long breath: there was a cloud of dust; the women in the brakes were laughing.
mid-15c., "instrument for crushing or pounding," from Middle Dutch braeke "flax brake," from breken "to break" (see break (v.)). The word was applied to many crushing implements and to the ring through the nose of a draught ox. It was influenced in sense by Old French brac, a form of bras "an arm," thus "a lever or handle," which was being used in English from late 14c., and applied to "a bridle or curb" from early 15c. One or the other or both took up the main modern meaning of "stopping device for a wheel," first attested 1772.
kind of fern, early 14c.; see bracken.
"to apply a brake to a wheel," 1868, from brake (n.1). Earlier, "to beat flax" (late 14c.). Related: Braked; braking.