full stop

full stop
1 noun
1 (C) BrE a point (.) that marks the end of a sentence or the shortened form of a word; period 1 (5) AmE
2 AmE (singular) the state of being completely stopped, usually in a car: The car can accelerate from a full stop to 60 mph in five seconds.
3 come to a full stop to stop completely, especially because of a problem or difficulty: Production came to a full stop when the generator blew up.
2 interjection BrE used to say that you have definitely decided something, and you will not change your decision; period 1 (6): I don't have a reason. I just don't want to go, full stop.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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