grind to a halt

Also, come to a grinding halt. Gradually come to a standstill or end. For example, Once the funding stopped, the refurbishing project ground to a halt, or She's come to a grinding halt with that book she's writing. This expression alludes to a clogged engine that gradually stops or a ship that runs aground.


Nearby words

  1. grind,
  2. grind house,
  3. grind in,
  4. grind on,
  5. grind rock,
  6. grindelia,
  7. grindelwald,
  8. grinder,
  9. grindery,
  10. grindhouse

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