bring (someone or something) to a standstill

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bring (someone or something) to a standstill

To cause a person or thing to stop. The speeding police car, with its flashing lights and siren, brought all the other drivers to a standstill. A sudden reduction in funding brought our research to a standstill.
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bring something to a standstill

to cause a process or a job to reach a point at which it must stop. The accident brought the work to a standstill. The strike brought construction to a standstill.
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A sit-down saw the roads on Oxford Street brought to a standstill, and as police officers ushered most away, a defiant group stayed on, to the annoyance of some road users.
TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill in Newcastle after a man climbed onto the wrong side of a bridge over the Coast Road.
Imran Khan also expressed surprise at the PPP, which as the party governing Sindh should have been ensuring safety of the citizens of Karachi and ensuring that their lives and the businesses of the city are not brought to a standstill, but is instead joining the MQM protest.
Traffic was brought to a standstill in both directions at around 10am as the HGVs reversed and turned around before embarking on another route.
Summary: A major motorway was brought to a standstill following what police have described as a "serious" multi-vehicle collision.
A STRETCH of railway line was brought to a standstill for half a day - by a hungry mouse!
Traffic was brought to a standstill on the outskirts of Durham City centre as the A690 leading towards Sunderland was blocked near to the Belmont turn-off yesterday.
MOTORWAY traffic was brought to a standstill yesterday after a trailer transporting cows overturned.
But Railtrack said no one would have been at risk because all trains in the county were brought to a standstill.
Traffic was brought to a standstill just outside Durham City centre as the A690 road leading out of the city towards Sunderland and the A1 motorway, was blocked near to the Belmont turn-off.