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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.
See also: come, halt

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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Key recommendations of the UTP Committee include a process specific to halts that result from extraordinary market activity in a particular NASDAQ-listed issue:
On May 30, 2003, the SEC granted NASDAQ permanent authority to halt trading in an affected security when NASDAQ determines that system malfunctions either within or outside the NASDAQ market are affecting trading.
When applied to DDoS, Mazu's technology looks for network congestion and traffic patterns indicative of DDoS attacks or other anomalies, and then halts attacks in progress by dropping only the malicious packets.
Each time a thread hits a breakpoint, MULTI halts that thread and opens a source code debug window specific to that thread.
The trading halts in its common shares imposed by the Vancouver Stock Exchange and The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.
It is encouraging to note that the reduction in excessive immune activation was achieved in only 28 days without complete viral load suppression, confirming the HALT activity of the VS411 formulation," added Dr.
Because so many moves are involved for just a five-state machine, Brady adds, "our ability to distinguish between the machines that halt and machines that don't halt has diminished.
It is encouraging to note that the reduction in excessive immune activation was achieved in only 28 days without complete viral load suppression," added Dr Lori, "confirming the HALT activity of the VS411 formulation.
The Nasdaq Stock Market(SM) announced today that the trading halt status in American Homestar Corporation (Nasdaq: HSTR) was changed to "additional information requested" from the company.
The Nasdaq Stock Market(R) announced today that the trading halt status in Fusion Networks Holdings (NASDAQ:FUSN) was changed to "additional information requested" from the company.