dar el alto

dar el alto(
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. to order to halt
El policía dio el alto al ladrón, pero él siguió corriendo.The policeman ordered the thief to halt, but he kept running.
b. to stop
Un centinela nos dio el alto y nos pidió que le mostráramos la documentación.A sentry stopped us and asked us to show him our documents.
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