call a halt

Order something stopped, as in It was getting too dark to see the ball, so the referee called a halt to the match, or They'd played the march four times, so the conductor called a halt to the rehearsal. [Late 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. calixtus iii,
  2. calk,
  3. calker,
  4. calkin,
  5. call,
  6. call a spade a spade,
  7. call alarm,
  8. call back,
  9. call box,
  10. call centre

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