[ stand-stil ]
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  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for standstill


/ (ˈstændˌstɪl) /

  1. a complete cessation of movement; stop; halt: the car came to a standstill

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Other Idioms and Phrases with standstill


see come to a halt (standstill).

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