come to a halt

Also, come to a standstill. Stop, either permanently or temporarily. For example, The sergeant ordered the men to come to a halt, or With the strike, construction came to a standstill. Both terms employ come to in the sense of “arrive at” or “reach,” a usage dating from the 10th century. Also see come to, def. 2.


Nearby words

  1. come out with,
  2. come over,
  3. come round,
  4. come through,
  5. come to,
  6. come to a head,
  7. come to an end,
  8. come to blows,
  9. come to grief,
  10. come to grips with

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