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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.
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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

screeching drunk

slang Extremely drunk. Our son came back to the house with two of his friends, and they were all obviously screeching drunk, making a huge ruckus downstairs before finally settling down for the night. I had told myself I wouldn't get screeching drunk on my birthday, but people kept buying me drinks all night.
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screeching (drunk)

Sl. intoxicated; very drunk. How can anybody be so screeching drunk on four beers? She's not just drunk; she's screeching.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

screeching (drunk)

mod. alcohol intoxicated; very drunk. How can anybody be so screeching drunk on four beers?
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screeching

verb
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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