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English definition of “grind to a halt/standstill”

grind to a halt/standstill

to stop slowly : The car ground to a halt right in the middle of the road .figurative If we don't do something soon , the industry could grind to a halt (= stop operating ).Driving and operating road vehiclesImmobility
(Definition of grind to a halt/standstill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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