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come to a standstill

To stop. All the other drivers came to a standstill as the police car, with its flashing lights and siren, sped by. Our research came to a standstill after a sudden reduction in funding.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

come to a standstill

[for something] to slow down and finally stop; to stop completely. (Usually refers to something that is progressing, such as work, traffic, negotiations.) As the strike began, the production line came to a standstill. At the height of rush hour, traffic comes to a standstill.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The motor car came to a standstill before him, and the man who was driving it sprang to the ground.
They came to a standstill before a tiny chateau, in front of which stretched what might once have been an ornamental garden, but which was now torn to pieces by gun carriages, convoy waggons, and every description of vehicle.
Godfrey came to a standstill. 'You prefer,' says he,
The Russians retreated eighty miles- to beyond Moscow- and the French reached Moscow and there came to a standstill. For five weeks after that there was not a single battle.
They came to a standstill only a few yards from where the waves were breaking.
THE centre of Grimsby came to a standstill yesterday as locals lined the streets to pay their respects to two soldiers killed in Afghanistan.