Definition of standstill
: a state characterized by absence of motion or of progress : stop brought traffic to a standstill
Examples of standstill in a Sentence
The accident brought traffic to a standstill.
battled each other to a standstill
Recent Examples of standstill from the Web
Cut to me driving about two miles before hitting standstill traffic near downtown Chicago.
The vehicle brought traffic to a standstill just past U.S. 50, but before Kentucky 8.
Meanwhile Senate Democrats might decide to bring the Senate as close to a standstill as its minority position allows them in a protest against the unprecedented secrecy with which Senate Republicans are proceeding.
The initiative comes as both the opposition and the Maduro administration are digging in amid widespread protests that have claimed almost 70 lives and brought large swaths of the country to a standstill.
Across the street, cranes for unloading ships were at a standstill, and fishing boats were pulled up, attracting feral cats.
Thursday's hearing brought Washington and other parts of the country to a standstill as Americans sat glued to their screens, harkening to the Watergate congressional hearings that held the nation rapt some four decades earlier.
The situation had been at a standstill for months until last week, when Andrew M. Cuomo, the governor of New York, where the university is registered, said in a statement that the state was open to negotiations.
Tuesday’s incident cut off access to the airport as officers tried to talk him down, bringing traffic to a standstill and spurring confusion in the airport.
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: a state in which all activity or motion is stopped
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