Definition of grind to a halt or come to a grinding halt in English:

grind to a halt (or come to a grinding halt)

  • Slow down gradually and then stop completely: in summer traffic all but grinds to a halt the surge of modernism finally seemed to grind to a halt
    More example sentences
    • It was roughly at this time I noticed that whenever I spoke emotionally, my speech came slower and slower until grinding to a halt.
    • Meanwhile, traffic ground to a halt on many major routes due to speed restrictions and fallen trees, police said.
    • By the time they drove two more blocks, traffic had ground to a halt.
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