come to a full stop

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come to a full stop

1. To physically halt forward motion. When you take your driving test, remember to come to a full stop at every stop sign. Every driver came to a full stop as the police car, with its flashing lights and siren, sped by.
2. To reach an end point, often abruptly or due to difficulties. My research has come to a full stop because every experiment I've tried so far has failed.
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