Also, stop dead or in one's tracks or on a dime. Halt suddenly, come to a standstill, as in When a thread breaks, the machine just stops cold, or He was so surprised to see them in the audience that he stopped dead in the middle of his speech, or The deer saw the hunter and stopped in its tracks, or An excellent skateboarder, she could stop on a dime. The first term uses cold in the sense “suddenly and completely,” a usage dating from the late 1800s. The first variant was first recorded in 1789 and probably was derived from the slightly older, and still current, come to a dead stop, with the same meaning. The second variant uses in one's tracks in the sense of “on the spot” or “where one is at the moment”; it was first recorded in 1824. The third variant alludes to the dime or ten-cent piece, the smallest-size coin.
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This is comedy based on a cold humor, detached, euphemistic, devoid of any generosity.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We indulge in expensive cold-pressed juices and SoulCycle classes, justifying these purchases as investments in our health.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But I think Steve Austin has to team up with a Japanese holdout to stop a nuclear bomb from going off or something.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.
The vaccine is delivered through a “carrier virus” that causes a common cold in chimpanzees but does not affect humans.
Madame de Condillac stood watching him, her face composed, her glance cold.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Being quieted by the Captain with a draught of cold tea, and made to sit down, the examination of the book proceeded.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
"But I can't stop to argue about it now;" and, saying this, he turned into a side path, and disappeared in the wood.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
At twelve, or fifteen, or sixteen, or twenty it was decided that they should stop learning.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
When alone she sometimes picked it up and kissed the cold glass passionately.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin