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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.
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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

stand still

A command for one to stop moving. Stand still so I can look at your cut. Stand still! Quit squirming!
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a standstill

A period in which something is stopped or halted. The speeding police car, with its flashing lights and siren, brought all the other drivers to a standstill Our research came to a standstill after a sudden reduction in funding.
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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.
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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 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
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Further, in support of the bridge loan and the company's general refinancing efforts, Betri and Atlantic Petroleum have taken up negotiations regarding a standstill agreement until 31 December 2019.
The standstill has now been extended to the end of May, to help Metals Exploration come up with a solution to its financial problems.
I solely make PNB responsible for misinforming the agency, but more than this, it is unprecedented how my company came to a standstill without deep investigation," he said.
SB-i Standstill Brake Indicator is currently still on research and development stages.
traffic complete Beth, on Facebook, said: "If anyone's planning on going north up the A19 I seriously wouldn't bother, the traffic is at a complete standstill and looks like a bad accident."
She said that while the crisis was at a standstill, all states involved were getting close to working together.
The PTI chairman also condemned the violence and burning of vehicles yesterday by angry MQM workers and expressed concern over the fear that has spread amongst the innocent citizens and businesses of Karachi which has brought the city to a standstill. With petrol stations also closed no citizen can move even in a case of an emergency.
Mr Tinger said last week: "I am satisfied that we have left no stone unturned throughout the extended 'standstill' period to seek grounds for a legal challenge and I pay tribute to the extended LOCSU team for all they have done in the very best interests of the sector."
The additional protocol to that agreement, signed in 1970, contains a standstill' clause, which prohibits the contacting parties from introducing new restrictions on freedom to provide services with effect from the date of its entry into force.
The worst areas affected were Sussex and Kent, where the A23 between Crawley and Kent was at a standstill, along with the M23, A26, A27 and A29 after 4in (10cm) of snow fell.
Unite said buses in the capital will come to a standstill as bus workers from every London bus operator will walk out for the first time in a generation.
1 reactor was at a standstill for some 40 minutes before the utility restarted it after checking that there were no abnormalities.
Summary: Abu Dhabi conglomerate Al Jaber Group is close to a standstill agreement on its $1-billion plus debt restructuring of debt, with more than 90 percent of lenders agreeing to the move.
HONG KONG - SMT Holdings (smthk.com) in February received a measure of relief as the beleaguered EMS company entered a "standstill" agreement with a majority of its lenders.
STOCKHOLM, Muharram 30, 1433, Dec 25, 2011, SPA -- Authorities and local media said a storm sweeping across Norway and northern Sweden has disrupted train traffic and brought cruise ships on the famous Hurtigruten route to a standstill, AP reported.