bring to rest
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bring (something) to rest
To stop the forward progress of something, such as a machine or project. The speeding police car, with its flashing lights and siren, brought all the other cars to rest. Unfortunately, a broken printer has brought the mailing project to rest.
bring something to rest
to cause a machine, vehicle, or process to stop. Jill brought the car to rest against the curb. The car was brought to rest against the curb.