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Idioms for stop

    pull out all the stops,
    1. to use every means available.
    2. to express, do, or carry out something without reservation.

Origin of stop

before 1000; Middle English stoppen (v.), Old English -stoppian (in forstoppian to stop up); cognate with Dutch, Low German stoppen, German stopfen; all ≪ Vulgar Latin *stuppāre to plug with oakum, derivative of Latin stuppa coarse hemp or flax < Greek stýppē

synonym study for stop

3. Stop, arrest, check, halt imply causing a cessation of movement or progress (literal or figurative). Stop is the general term for the idea: to stop a clock. Arrest usually refers to stopping by imposing a sudden and complete restraint: to arrest development. Check implies bringing about an abrupt, partial, or temporary stop: to check a trotting horse. To halt means to make a temporary stop, especially one resulting from a command: to halt a company of soldiers.

OTHER WORDS FROM stop

stop·less, adjectivestop·less·ness, nounmul·ti·stop, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stop up

stop
/ (stɒp) /

verb stops, stopping or stopped

noun

Derived forms of stop

stoppable, adjective

Word Origin for stop

C14: from Old English stoppian (unattested), as in forstoppian to plug the ear, ultimately from Late Latin stuppāre to stop with a tow, from Latin stuppa tow, from Greek stuppē
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Idioms and Phrases with stop up (1 of 2)

stop up

Fill a hole or gap, block an opening or passage. For example, We need to stop up the chinks in the walls, or The sink is stopped up; it won't drain. This idiom was at first put simply as stop, the adverb up being added only in the early 1700s.

Idioms and Phrases with stop up (2 of 2)

stop

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