- a state of cessation of movement or action; halt; stop: The ball rolled to a standstill.
Origin of standstill
First recorded in 1695–1705; noun use of verb phrase stand still
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Examples from the Web for standstill
The heart was in standstill, hazy clots filling the ventricles.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
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The business has ground to a standstill as hair suppliers in other parts of Ukraine are leery of coming to the capital.Slouching Towards Maidan: An American Hair-Trader Reflects On Ukraine’s Protests
December 15, 2013
For now it is an industry consumed by accusation, fear, and disease even as a moratorium has brought business to a standstill.How Will Porn Solve Its HIV Crisis?
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Reconstruction and new construction in Gaza is at a standstill.Hamas-Egypt Tensions Take Toll On Gaza
July 25, 2013
It imploded with the 1978–79 Winter of Discontent, when rampant trade-union militancy brought Britain to a standstill.Margaret Thatcher Found Her Voice, and Transformed Britain
April 8, 2013
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
- a complete cessation of movement; stop; haltthe car came to a standstill
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Word Origin and History for standstill
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Complete cessation of activity or progress.
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Idioms and Phrases with standstill
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