screech·​ing | \ˈskrē-chiŋ \

Definition of screeching 

: abrupt, sudden her career came to a screeching halt

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Synonyms & Antonyms for screeching


high-pitched, piping, shrieking, shrill, squeaking, squeaky, treble, whistling


bass, deep, grave, low, throaty

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Examples of screeching in a Sentence

the screeching blast of the factory whistle hurt my ears

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West never explained his reasoning and collaborators have since speculated as to why the brand was brought to a screeching halt. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Kanye West's Scrapped Pastelle Line Was 'His University for Fashion'," 10 July 2018 All the promise and expectations that had been building for two decades came to a screeching halt last fall, when the American team lost to Trinidad and Tobago and failed to book a berth in Russia. Ann Killion,, "2026 World Cup jointly hosted by U.S. will be weird, watered-down — and spectacular," 10 July 2018 Episode 7: Nothing Shattered The match comes to a screeching halt — literally. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 From President Trump's immigration travel ban to workers' rights, voting rights and religious rights, the high court handed conservatives a nearly unbroken string of victories in a divisive term that came to a screeching halt Wednesday. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court's conservatives mark return to power with major rulings, minor punts," 27 June 2018 If nothing else, North Korea's threat has brought the feel-good vibe to a screeching halt. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "How Kim Jong Un got cold feet," 17 May 2018 This type of therapy, which was poised to take off, came to a screeching halt in 1999 after the death of 19-year-old Jesse Geisinger in a gene therapy trial at the University of Pennsylvania. Maria Kefalas, STAT, "How much would you pay for the miracle of gene therapy?," 3 May 2018 But the fun comes to a screeching halt when Rachel meets Nick's elegant, severe mother Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), who makes her disdain for Rachel clear from the start. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Crazy Rich Asians Trailer Is Here to Make Your Monday," 23 Apr. 2018 The Flyers’ roller-coaster season, which featured both encouraging and maddening stages, came to a screeching halt Sunday. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers eliminated from NHL playoffs by Penguins despite Sean Couturier's heroics," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of screeching

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of screeching was in 1904

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obstinately defiant of authority

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