grind to a halt

idiom

of a machine
: to stop working or moving forward
The machinery slowly ground to a halt.
often used figuratively
Without more money, work on the project will soon grind to a halt.

Examples of grind to a halt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shipments of wheat from Ukraine that used to feed Sudan’s cities have also ground to a halt because the government cannot pay. Alex De Waal, Foreign Affairs, 17 June 2024 So even though the fighting of World War II in Europe had ground to a halt by May 7, the campaign against hunger was accelerating. William Lambers, Hartford Courant, 8 May 2024 Without water to lubricate tectonic activity, our plates will grind to a halt. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 16 Apr. 2024 When the Great Recession hit, single-family construction nearly ground to a halt. Genevieve Redsten, Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2024 Hollywood has also ground to a halt over the issue. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 15 Apr. 2024 The livelihoods of thousands of workers who process goods passing through the Port of Baltimore hang in the balance as cargo shipments grind to a halt after a container ship crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge this week. Julia Jester, NBC News, 30 Mar. 2024 What should be a straightforward day of music grinds to a halt as the artists struggle to deal with personality clashes, an ambitious trumpeter named Levee (Boseman), and the band's mercurial front woman. EW.com, 8 Nov. 2023 The amount of goods entering Gaza has dropped by over 70 percent since the start of the war, and food production inside Gaza has ground to a halt. Cate Brown, Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2024

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“Grind to a halt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grind%20to%20a%20halt. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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