come to a grinding halt

Definition of come to a grinding halt

of a machine

  1. :  to stop working or moving forward The machinery came to a grinding halt. —often used figuratively The project came to a grinding halt.

Word by Word Definitions

comeplay
  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

grindplay grinding
  1. :  to reduce to powder or small fragments by friction (as in a mill or with the teeth)

    :  to wear down, polish, or sharpen by friction

    :  oppress, harass

  1. :  an act of grinding

    :  the sound of grinding

    :  dreary, monotonous, or difficult labor, study, or routine

haltplay
  1. :  having a manner of walking that is impaired by a limp :  lame

  1. :  to walk or proceed lamely :  limp

    :  to be in a state of uncertainty or doubt between alternate courses or choices :  waver

    :  to display weakness or imperfection :  falter

  1. :  stop

  1. :  to cease marching or journeying

    :  discontinue, terminate

    :  to bring to a stop


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