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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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When administered to test-tube cultures of estrogen-insensitive human breast cancer cells, naringenin, a flavonoid in grapefruit juice, proved almost eight times more potent at halting the cells' growth than genestein, an estrogenlike flavonoid in soy that shows promise as a natural anticancer agent.
Halting the Hacker: A Practical Guide to Computer Security, Second Edition, combines unique insight into the mind of the hacker with practical, step-by-step countermeasures for protecting any HP-UX, Linux, or UNIX system.
NASDAQ: WFHC) announced that new and total prescriptions for its estrogen patch, Esclim(TM) (estradiol transdermal system), have increased since the halting of the combination hormone replacement therapy phase of the Women's Health Initiative trial in early July 2002.
5 million in savings did not justify halting the improvement in service.
The Organization of School Administrators and Supervisors (OSAS), AFSA Local 28, AFL-CIO, the union representing local public school administrators and supervisors, announced it won a temporary injunction in court yesterday, halting Detroit Schools CEO Kenneth Burnley's efforts to demote them.
The approved report, which was distributed to the media before anyone from the public spoke on the matter, makes no mention of halting construction, other than an oblique reference in an amendment proposed by Tokofsky.
Now, we are raising the bar even higher by enabling designers to debug complex multitasking applications at a task level without halting their system.
Overall, Burke called for halting work on every rail project but the North Hollywood line, fundamentally shifting the agency's emphasis of the past several years.
District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has issued a stay halting all product liability litigation, pending and future, in state courts against the Company related to Redux(TM) (dexfenfluramine).
Halting the blast Tuesday cost the state less than $2,000, Tiritilli said.
NASDAQ:CYPB) Wednesday announced positive results in its clinical trial for Infusible Platelet Membranes (IPM) in halting active bleeding.
Attorney Ronald Gold, representing the patients' families, is scheduled to ask Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Diane Wayne for an order halting those patients' transfer until a formal hearing in mid-May.
It is also trying to prevent the establishment of new CD plants and is halting the importation of presses that produce CDs.