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standstill

[stand-stil] /ˈstændˌstɪl/
noun
1.
a state of cessation of movement or action; halt; stop:
The ball rolled to a standstill.
Origin of standstill
1695-1705
First recorded in 1695-1705; noun use of verb phrase stand still
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  • And I think he's going to whipsaw the market to a standstill this time, for sure.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I've seen some fresh kids playin' the horses, but he had 'em all beat to a standstill.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • But we had an accident, now, and it fetched all the plans to a standstill.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Only then is the engine working on its bed-plate brought to a standstill.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • There was a train in front of us at a standstill, with a broken brake, and the line had to be cleared.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for standstill

standstill

/ˈstændˌstɪl/
noun
1.
a complete cessation of movement; stop; halt: the car came to a standstill
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Word Origin and History for standstill
n.

"state of cessation of movement," 1702, from stand (v.) + still (adv.). Earlier the notion would have been expressed simply by stand.

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standstill in Medicine

standstill stand·still (stānd'stĭl')
n.
Complete cessation of activity or progress.

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Idioms and Phrases with standstill

standstill

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