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 Unfortunately, that relationship came to a screeching halt in 2019. Ineye Komonibo,, "Is Jordyn Woods Really On The Masked Singer?," 3 Feb. 2020 Last week, that momentum came to a screeching halt. Washington Post, "Publisher cancels ‘American Dirt’ book tour: ‘Serious mistakes’ and ‘concerns about safety’," 30 Jan. 2020 The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Smith's impressive run to end the 20th century comes to a screeching halt in 2000 (don't blame Willenium) thanks to his first big screen swing and miss. Derek Lawrence,, "Every Will Smith film performance, ranked," 16 Jan. 2020 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

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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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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Screeching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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