screech·​ing | \ ˈskrē-chiŋ How to pronounce screeching (audio) \

Definition of screeching

: abrupt, sudden her career came to a screeching halt

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Examples of screeching in a Sentence

the screeching blast of the factory whistle hurt my ears
Recent Examples on the Web The injury brought Turay’s season and career to a screeching halt. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts DE Kemoko Turay primed to make 2020 debut vs. Packers," 20 Nov. 2020 But the pandemic brought almost all of that business to a screeching halt in March, and John says some of those locations are still closed. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "Black Friday 2020: Expect shorter lines, simpler layouts and piles of pajamas," 19 Nov. 2020 Bringing dangerous conversations to a screeching halt with the lift of an eyebrow and drawing boundaries by tilting their head is a talent the rest of us have somehow missed. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Political opponents can be friends," 17 Nov. 2020 But on Tuesday the conflicting messages of Ma and Wang seemed to come to a head, with the Shanghai Stock Exchange bringing Ant's IPO plans to a screeching halt. Fortune, "Jack Ma is the poster child of Chinese tech. Why is Beijing reining him in—again?," 7 Nov. 2020 But what happens when that full-speed-ahead pace hits a screeching halt? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Covering the Campaign Trail When There Is No Trail," 2 Nov. 2020 But then the pandemic shut everything down in March, and her career came to a screeching halt. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Dallas DJ Ursa Minor finds new pandemic career as the Butter Fairy," 26 Oct. 2020 The pandemic has eviscerated travel demand, bringing a decade-long streak of strong profits to a screeching halt. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Airlines’ Losses Mount Amid Pandemic, but Air Travel Demand Shows Some Improvement," 22 Oct. 2020 That came to a screeching halt less than 24 hours after his 44-7 win over Sam Rayburn. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "District 22-6A officials announce changes to football schedule," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of screeching

1904, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2020

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“Screeching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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