Meaning: stop short or suddenly. Definition and uses.
Rewrite 1: stop on a chip
Rewrite 2: stop on the head of a flea
Rewrite 3: stop on the tip of a straight pin
Rewrite 4: stop on a crackn2a
Comment: Think very small, but also think simple and imaginable.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Steve’s Clichés: “Steve’s mixed cliché list.”