screech to a halt/stop

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of screech to a halt/stop

:to make a loud and very high sound when stopping
  • The car screeched to a halt/stop.

Word by Word Definitions

screech play
  1. : a high shrill piercing cry usually expressing pain or terror

  2. : a sound resembling a screech

  1. : to utter a high shrill piercing cry : make an outcry usually in terror or pain

  2. : to make a shrill high-pitched sound resembling a screech

  3. : to utter with or as if with a screech

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

  1. : to walk or proceed lamely : limp

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

  3. : to display weakness or imperfection : falter

  1. : stop

  1. : to cease marching or journeying

  2. : discontinue, terminate

  3. : to bring to a stop

stop play
  1. : to close by filling or obstructing

  2. : to hinder or prevent the passage of

  3. : to get in the way of : be wounded or killed by

  1. : cessation, end

  2. : a pause or breaking off in speech

  3. : a graduated set of organ pipes of similar design and tone quality

  1. : serving to stop : designed to stop


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