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English definition of “bring sb up short”

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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…
(Definition of bring sb up short from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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