One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stop (or cause to stop) suddenly or abruptly.‘she began to speak, but stopped short at the look on the other woman's face’‘I was about to reply with a sarcastic remark when a thought stopped me short’
- ‘Casey stopped short at the sight of the other five training agents, staring at her with questions.’
- ‘She looked like she might have a hangover, but she stopped short at the sight of Faith.’
- ‘She stopped short at the sight of Tyler and a smile spread across her lips.’
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