come to a grinding halt

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Definition of come to a grinding halt 

(Entry 1 of 2)

of a machine

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

come to a (grinding) halt

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Definition of come to a (grinding) halt (Entry 2 of 2)

: stop completely and quickly The project came to a (grinding) halt. The project ground to a halt.

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