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 good times came to a screeching halt in early 2019. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 But that all came to a screeching halt as the country shut down with the COVID-19 pandemic. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2021 The Bobcats saw their six-game winning streak and a chance for its first district title since 2009 come to a screeching halt last week with a 40-0 loss at the hands of visiting Deerfield Beach. Gary Curreri,, 2 Nov. 2021 When the pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, that included hiring freezes. Louis Montgomery Jr., Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 At the onset of the pandemic, auto manufacturing across the globe came to a screeching halt. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2021 The return of ReadUP marks the return of volunteers into Central Indiana classrooms, the first time for many of them since the COVID-19 pandemic put a screeching halt to so much of our educational system back in March 2020. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Oct. 2021 In March 2020, life in this bucolic yet sophisticated spot came to a screeching halt just like everywhere else in the US. The Hunger Coalition, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 During the Kasim Reed administration, the movement toward safe, affordable housing came to a screeching halt. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, ajc, 21 Oct. 2021

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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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screeching/crashing halt

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25 Nov 2021

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“Screeching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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