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Meaning of “pull sb up short” in the English Dictionary

"pull sb up short" in British English

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pull sb up short

to ​surprise someone, often so that that ​personstops what they are doing: Seeing her ​picture in the ​paperpulled me up ​short.
(Definition of pull sb up short from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pull sb up short”
in Chinese (Simplified) 使(某人)惊呆…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使(某人)嚇呆…
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