stop on a dime

stop on a dime
Stop on a dime
(USA) If something like a vehicle stops on a dime, it stops very quickly and accurately.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • stop on a dime — stop very quickly, stop exactly where you wish    With disk brakes, this car can stop on a dime. See? …   English idioms

  • stop on a dime — in. to stop immediately. □ This thing will stop on a dime. □ Imagine a bus that could stop on a dime …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • stop on a dime — verb to stop dead; stop suddenly. Dont tell me to drive real fast in this heavy traffic. You know I cant stop on a dime …   Wiktionary

  • stop on a dime — to end movement very quickly. The car stopped on a dime to avoid slamming into a truck …   New idioms dictionary

  • dime — chosen 1786 as name for U.S. 10 cent coin, from dime a tenth, tithe (late 14c.), from O.Fr. disme (Mod.Fr. dîme) a tenth part, from L. decima (pars) tenth (part), from decem ten (see TEN (Cf. ten)). The verb meaning to inform (on someone) is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stop — stop1 W1S1 [stɔp US sta:p] v past tense and past participle stopped present participle stopping ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not move)¦ 2¦(not continue)¦ 3¦(pause)¦ 4¦(prevent)¦ 5¦(stay)¦ 6 will/would stop at nothing (to do something) 7 stop short of (doing)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stop — 1 verb stopped, stopping 1 NOT MOVE OR CONTINUE (I, T) to no longer move or continue to do something, or to make someone or something do this: Stop, thief! | stop sth: Apply pressure to stop the bleeding. | You ll have to stop the generator, it s …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • on a dime — adverb : in a very small area this car can turn on a dime : instantly stopped on a dime * * * informal used to refer to a maneuver that can be performed by a moving vehicle or person within a small area or short distance boats that can turn on a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • get off the dime — in. [for something or someone] to start moving. (To get off the dime that one stopped on in stop on a dime.) □ I wish this organization could get off the dime. □ If this project gets off the dime, we’ll be okay …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • on a dime — {adv. phr.}, {informal} In a very small space. * /Bob can turn that car on a dime./ * /Tom says his new sports car will stop on a dime./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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