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screeching halt, a

noun phrase

A sudden and definitive stop: I'll know when it's coming to a screeching halt/ Let's bring this conversation to a screeching halt (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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