One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action, process, or practice of blocking up a fox's earth before a hunt in order to prevent the fox from escaping into it.
Of great importance; powerful, impressive.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in The Sporting Magazine. From earth + stopping<br>mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From earth + stopping. With sense 1 compare earlier earthstopper and earth-stopping.
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