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bring (someone or something) to a standstill

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

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

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.
See also: come, standstill

bring something to a standstill

to cause a process or a job to reach a point at which it must stop. The accident brought the work to a standstill. The strike brought construction to a standstill.
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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

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.
See also: come, standstill

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 ˈhalt/ˈstandstill


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
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The new arrangements will simplify the standstill regime by replacing complex exemptions for Isolation Facilities and Sole Occupancy Authorities (SOAs).
Imran Khan also expressed surprise at the PPP, which as the party governing Sindh should have been ensuring safety of the citizens of Karachi and ensuring that their lives and the businesses of the city are not brought to a standstill, but is instead joining the MQM protest.
1 reactor at the utility's power plant in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, also came to a standstill.
Sources said in February that a standstill could be agreed by early March but that banks were against rolling over the debt at terms demanded by Al Jaber.
Norwegian news agency NTB reported the storm also has forced two ships on the scenic Hurtigruten route to a standstill in Trondheim.
They concluded that there is great standstill," said Bexheti.
Summary: DUBAI - Al Jaber Group, an Abu Dhabi-based holding company, which has been seeking to restructure around $840 million in debt, held a meeting on Wednesday with all its creditors to discuss a draft standstill proposal.
Rather, Lebanon has benefited from the standstill in Egypt because some shipments headed to Egypt were diverted to Beirut's port, according to Jaroudi.
Greek mobile operator Wind Hellas Group said on Wednesday enough senior creditors had approved its debt standstill agreement to put it into effect.
Traffic heading out of Middlesbrough came to a standstill after the accident at the top of the Newport Bridge slip road.
We are some time away from presenting a restructuring plan," the spokesman said, adding that the next step in the discussions between the debt-laden company and its creditors would be to agree to a standstill.
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Dubai World will continue to pay interest on its debt obligations until an agreement on standstill [moratorium on its debt obligations] is reached with creditors," the spokesperson said after company officials met nearly 200 bankers representing more than 90 creditors.
As was confirmed in its statement of December 14 th , Dubai World will continue to work with financial creditors to seek a standstill in an orderly way.