a grinding halt

a situation in which something gradually stops operating completely

A transport strike brought the capital to a grinding halt.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) grinding halt — a grinding halt phrase a situation in which something gradually stops operating completely A transport strike brought the capital to a grinding halt. Thesaurus: ends, finishes and final stagessynonym Main entry: grinding …   Useful english dictionary

  • bring something to a grinding halt — bring sth to a grinding ˈhalt idiom to make sth gradually go slower until it stops completely • Roadworks brought traffic to a grinding halt. Main entry: ↑grindidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • come to a grinding halt — grind to a ˈhalt | come to a grinding ˈhalt idiom to go slower gradually and then stop completely • Production ground to a halt during the strike. • Her career ground to a halt when the twins were born. Main entry: ↑grindidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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  • grinding — [[t]gra͟ɪndɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n If you describe a bad situation as grinding, you mean it never gets better, changes, or ends. Their grandfather had left his village in order to escape the grinding poverty. ...the grinding difficulty of getting… …   English dictionary

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