Definition of earth-stopping in English:

earth-stopping

noun

  • 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.

adjective

  • Of great importance; powerful, impressive.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

earth-stopping

/ˈəːθˌstɒpɪŋ/