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bring (someone or something) to a halt

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

call a halt to (something)

To order the end or stoppage of something. Stop all printing—the boss has called a halt to this project!
See also: call, halt

come to a halt

To stop abruptly. Every driver came to a halt as the police car, with its flashing lights and siren, sped by. Our research came to a halt after a sudden reduction in funding.
See also: come, halt

stop (someone or something) (dead) in its/(one's) tracks

To make someone or something stop or come to a complete halt immediately or very suddenly. Hearing the gunshot in the distance stopped us both dead in our tracks. Boy, Samantha could stop you in her tracks with her smile!
See also: stop, track

grind to a halt

To slowly stop. Our project will grind to a halt if the CEO pulls his approval.
See also: grind, halt

halt (someone or something) (dead) in its/(one's) tracks

To make someone or something stop or come to a complete halt immediately or very suddenly. Hearing the gunshot in the distance halted us both dead in our tracks. Boy, Samantha could halt you in her tracks with her smile!
See also: halt, track

put a halt to (something)

To cause something to stop or to cease or conclude something. I'm going to put a halt to the corruption in this department once and for all! I wish my parents would put a halt to their bickering and just be civil to one another! He really needs to put a halt to this lecture before everyone falls asleep.
See also: halt, put

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.
See also: bring, halt

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.
See also: call, halt

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.
See also: grind, halt

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]
See also: call, halt

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.
See also: come, halt

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.
See also: grind, halt

grind to a halt

COMMON
1. If a process or an activity grinds to a halt, it gradually becomes slower or less active until it stops. The peace process has ground to a halt.
2. If a vehicle grinds to a halt, it stops slowly and noisily. The tanks ground to a halt after a hundred yards because the fuel had run out.
3. If a country grinds to a halt, all transport in it stops so people are unable to do the things they usually do. The whole country grinds to a halt after an hour's snow.
See also: grind, halt

grind to a halt (or come to a grinding halt)

move more and more slowly and then stop.
1999 Times Traffic is expected to grind to a halt throughout the West Country as up to a million sightseers make the trip.
See also: grind, halt

call a ˈhalt (to something)

stop an activity: We must call a halt to people leaving work early without permission.
See also: call, halt

grind to a ˈhalt/ˈstandstill

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come to a grinding ˈhalt

stop slowly: All work on the building has ground to a halt because of a shortage of materials.Every Friday night traffic comes to a grinding halt in Hammersmith.
This idiom refers to the way a very large machine slowly stops working, with some of its parts grinding (= rubbing) together.
See also: grind, halt, standstill

stop/halt somebody in their ˈtracks

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stop/halt/freeze in your ˈtracks

suddenly make somebody stop by frightening or surprising them; suddenly stop because something has frightened or surprised you: The question stopped Alice in her tracks.The horse stopped dead in its tracks and refused to move.
See also: halt, somebody, stop, track
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No industry standards specify HALT, but here's some advice to consider when you're looking for design faults and ways to reduce product costs.
Based on the destruction and performance limits established by HALT, HASS attempts to precipitate latent faults without actually damaging the product.
Jochen Beier performed a practical demonstration of the HALT method at the local SGS HALT facility.
2m rail halt scheme is being provided after a successful bid to the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
Domange (2010) studied bilateral string halt in seventy horses with history grazing on pastures infested with Hypochoeris radicata.
If Iran's oil exports to Europe, which is about 18 percent (of Iran's total oil exports) come to a halt, the Europeans will surely be taken by surprise, and will understand the power of Iran and will realize that the Islamic establishment will not succumb to the Europeans' policies," he said.
The engineering team then can evaluate the relevance of failures found in HALT and implement corrective action if necessary.
Finnish pulp and paper maker Oy Metsa-Botnia AB, a subsidiary of the Finnish forest industry group Metsaliitto Group, told the Finnish news agency STT on Thursday (30 March) that it was still waiting for a meeting between the presidents of Uruguay and Argentina and that it had not made a decision to halt construction of its mill in Fray Bentos, Uruguay.
The two methods may sound similar, but HALT is intended to test first-run or preproduction units far beyond their expected levels of stress to identify latent defects before production ramps.
The decision, announced by Roberto Lavagna, Argentina's economy minister, was an attempt to halt the widespread theft of electrical copper cables.
Environmental officials could halt every vehicle, shut down every power plant, and halt wind-blown pollution at Georgia's borders, yet still struggle to achieve federal clean air standards," she concluded, because of natural background emissions.
This money should not be used as a solution to business mismanagement problems," Halt says.
Dancers can now voluntarily opt for retirement at 40 and are obliged to halt their professional activities at age 42.
The Nasdaq stock market said May 29 it had requested additional information from Maxicare after a trading halt May 25-the day the Maxicare unit filed Chapter 11.
The decision to halt the Canadian trial was based on an unexplained incidence of adverse findings in blood samples from healthy volunteers who received only dapsone.