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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, to

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, to

come to a grinding halt

To halt progression very abruptly, especially in an ultimately detrimental or undesirable manner. Likened to a machine or automobile that stops functioning due to the grinding of gears. Things had been going well with the new project, but when our manager was fired, everything came to a grinding halt. Work on the tax legislation has come to a grinding halt in Congress.
See also: come, grind, halt, to

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, to

come to a screeching halt

To halt progression very abruptly, especially in an ultimately detrimental or undesirable manner. Likened to the wheels or brakes of an automobile making a screeching noise as it stops. Things had been going well with the new project, but when our manager was fired, everything came to a screeching halt. Work on the tax legislation has come to a screeching halt in Congress.
See also: come, halt, screech, to

grind to a halt

To halt progression very abruptly, especially in an ultimately detrimental or undesirable manner. Likened to a machine or automobile that stops functioning due to the grinding of gears. Our project will grind to a halt if the CEO pulls his approval. Work on new tax legislation ground to a halt in Congress this week.
See also: grind, halt, to

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, to

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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, to

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, to

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, to

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, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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, to

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, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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, to
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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, to
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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, to

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

come to a grinding/screeching halt

Stop suddenly. Referring to the noise made by gears or brakes during a sudden stop, these phrases date from the second half of the 1900s. The National Observer of December 4, 1976, had: “A lot of that stuff is going to come to a screeching halt quickly, and we’re not going to do the screeching.” It is also put as grind to a halt.
See also: come, grind, halt, screech, to

grind to a halt, to

See come to a grinding halt.
See also: grind, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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