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bring someone or something to a halt

to cause someone or something to stop immediately. The explosion brought the lecture to a halt. I brought the visitor to a halt at the front gate.
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call a halt to something

to demand that something be stopped. We must call a halt to this childish behavior. The manager called a halt to all overtime.
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come to a halt

to stop; to slow down and stop. Slowly, the train came to a halt. After the bus came to a halt, more people got on.
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grind to a halt

Fig. to slow down and stop. Every day about noon, traffic in town grinds to a halt. The bus ground to a halt at the corner and someone got off.
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call a halt (to something)

to stop something When the rain got very heavy, the referees called a halt to the game.
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grind to a halt

to slowly come to a stop Traffic on the interstate almost ground to a halt today because it was so foggy. The strike has caused production of new cars to grind to a halt.
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grind to a halt/standstill

if an organization, system, or process grinds to a halt, it stops working, usually because of a problem If the computer network crashed, the whole office would grind to a halt.
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call a halt

Order something stopped, as in It was getting too dark to see the ball, so the referee called a halt to the match, or They'd played the march four times, so the conductor called a halt to the rehearsal. [Late 1800s]
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come to a halt

Also, come to a standstill. Stop, either permanently or temporarily. For example, The sergeant ordered the men to come to a halt, or With the strike, construction came to a standstill. Both terms employ come to in the sense of "arrive at" or "reach," a usage dating from the 10th century. Also see come to, def. 2.
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grind to a halt

Also, come to a grinding halt. Gradually come to a standstill or end. For example, Once the funding stopped, the refurbishing project ground to a halt, or She's come to a grinding halt with that book she's writing. This expression alludes to a clogged engine that gradually stops or a ship that runs aground.
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A Nigerian court has halted the acquisition of Spring Bank Plc.
Shortly afterwards, the game was again halted as lighters rained down on the Werder goalkeeper and Hamburg will now look at CCTV images to identify the culprits.
On June 30, 1971, 15 days after The Times had halted publication of its Pentagon Papers articles, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Times and The Post by a vote of 6 to 3.
JR East) said a section of the Kawagoe Line in Saitama Prefecture was temporarily halted after a signal was struck by lightening and broke down at around 2:20 p.
Investigation of patient records for the DAD2000 trial, Immune Network's international Phase II trial of dapsone in Alzheimer disease, revealed no adverse findings as observed in the halted Canadian Phase I trial.
com announced today that they have just released a new category creating software that will shine a new light on halted stocks; instant email alert and SMS text messaging software called StockHalt[TM].
The stock has rallied more than one percent on the positive news, but the equity has been halted by its descending 80-day moving average, which it has not closed a session above since the beginning of June.
Train traffic was halted through the area but was allowed to resume about 12:40 p.
Today's pullback has taken DHI below key long-term support at the 25 level, but it appears that the stock's decline has been halted near its rising 50-month moving average.
A similar situation occurred in the Atlanta region during the mid- to late 1990s and federal funding for transportation was halted for two years, putting a stop to dozens of projects.
Nasdaq: TRBD) was halted on January 21, 1999 at 8:25 am in conjunction with another regulatory body halt at a last sale price of 5 11/32.
On February 15, 2006, after the market closed, the NASDAQ announced that trading was halted in China Energy stock for "additional information requested" from the Company at a last price of $6.
Trading in COHO had been halted on March 8, 1999 at 08:46 AM for News Pending at a last sale price of 5/8.