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 But before week's end, production of merchandise with the new logo had come to a screeching halt. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC pulls the plug on its new crest after fans bash the design," 19 Dec. 2019 But his career came to a screeching halt last November when he was charged alongside other alleged members of the gang known as Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods with serious federal charges including racketeering. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine will be sentenced today on racketeering, firearms and drug charges," 18 Dec. 2019 Now that jobs boom has come to a screeching halt, and not before time. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Germany’s Car Jobs Boom Comes to a Screeching Halt," 2 Dec. 2019 Things came to a screeching halt for the Minnesota Gophers last season at the hands of Notre Dame, when the Irish scored in the opening minute of overtime in their Big Ten men’s hockey playoff game in South Bend, Ind. Jess Myers, Twin Cities, "Gophers open Big Ten men’s hockey season with another shot at Notre Dame," 1 Nov. 2019 Brockton brought New Bedford’s ensuing drive to a screeching halt on a Markendy Suffrant interception., "New Bedford blanked Brockton last fall, 18-0, at the Boxers’ homecoming celebration.," 27 Oct. 2019 The Broncos saw their five-game winning streak come to a screeching halt with 31-14 loss to Palm Beach Lakes. Gary Curreri,, "That’s right, there’s a new No. 1 high school team this week in Palm Beach County," 8 Oct. 2019 Shortly after Juul began selling its products in India and China, sales came to a screeching halt. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Juul’s new CEO is a Big Tobacco veteran," 25 Sep. 2019 The conversation came to a screeching halt when somehow our research unearthed South Dakota as the place least impacted by climate change. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "As we brace for another unpredictable winter, we focus on the enduring joys of Alaska," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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27 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Screeching.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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