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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.
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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

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.
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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]
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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.
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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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The acquisition of Spring Bank Plc by Bank PHB was halted and the judge said that the defendants shall not take any further steps in this regard.
The Suigun Line was halted in Ibaraki and Fukushima prefectures shortly before 2 p.
The effects of trading halts are even more dramatic for the stocks halted for more than 10 minutes.
com announced today that they have just released a new category creating software that will shine a new light on halted stocks; instant email alert and SMS text messaging software called StockHalt[TM].
com/articles/172451/Overgas+Denies+Receiving+Warning+Letter+from+%3Cb%3EGazprom%3C/b%3E+on+Halt+of+Supplies">insists it has not been notified that gas deliveries will be halted.
However, from a longer-term perspective, the stock is facing staunch resistance at its declining 20-week moving average, which has halted the equity's rally attempts since the beginning of June.
Next week, the court will take up whether the work should remain halted while the MTA conducts the Rapid bus study, started last month by MTA staff members, along with hired consultants, and expected to take up to six months to complete.
Today's pullback has taken DHI below key long-term support at the 25 level, but it appears that the stock's decline has been halted near its rising 50-month moving average.
Train traffic was halted through the area but was allowed to resume about 12:40 p.
On February 15, 2006, after the market closed, the NASDAQ announced that trading was halted in China Energy stock for "additional information requested" from the Company at a last price of $6.
A similar situation occurred in the Atlanta region during the mid- to late 1990s and federal funding for transportation was halted for two years, putting a stop to dozens of projects.
One stock that I've been watching closely today is North American Palladium (NYSE:PAL), as the shares were halted at the open and just started trading around 1:00 p.
Trading in the common shares was halted at the request of the Company on July 7, 2005 pending an announcement.
But that effort has been halted while the department tries to close a projected budget gap of $14.
The company's stock was halted by the TSX Venture Exchange on September 2, 2005.