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bring sb up short

to make someone suddenly stop doing something or talking, usually because they are surprised: Her rudeness brought me up short.
Translations of “bring sb up short”
in Chinese (Traditional) (因驚訝)使(某人)突然停止,使(某人)愣住…
in Chinese (Simplified) (因惊讶)使(某人)突然停止,使(某人)愣住…
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