at a standstill

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - at a standstill

"at a standstill"

a state in which all motion or activity has stopped


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - at a standstill

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How are negotiations going with the union?

Colleague 2:  We haven't made any progress in days.  I think we are stuck.

Colleague 1At a standstill?

Colleague 2:  Yes, no movement on either side.

Colleague 1:  Perhaps it's time to take a break.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - at a standstill

A couple are talking on their cell phones ...

Wife:  Your dinner is getting cold. When are you getting home?

Husband:  I'm stuck in traffic. There must be an accident somewhere because traffic hasn't moved at all for the last twenty minutes.

Wife:  That sucks when traffic is at a standstill. Very frustrating.

Husband:  I'll be home as soon as traffic starts moving again.

at a standstill - Usage:


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at a standstill - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for at a standstill.

at a standstill - Examples:

1)  ... peace process is stalled and bitter. Israeli talks with Syria also are at a standstill.

2)  ... we're kind of at a stop -- at a standstill -- right now. Nobody's really moving a whole lot on their side and ...

3)  In the winter, when the lake was frozen, sailing activities were at a standstill.

4)  Also, most industries that are dependent on imported parts and material are at a standstill, and the construction sector is almost halted.

5)  By 1908, drilling was at a standstill, and most wells were abandoned.

6)  Christmas was over, it was visiting time because farm work was almost at a standstill.

7)  ... did I mention how much I hate this road? - traffic was at a standstill. In fact, it took us an hour and 15 minutes to travel 2 kilomters.

8)  Production of Skyfall was at a standstill for over a year due to MGM's financial troubles and bankruptcy.

9)  Either way, it seems like he is keeping you guys at a standstill. You need to find out what is going on here so you can move ...

10)  Once an economy is at a standstill, it is like a massive boulder at rest.

11)  Hundreds of flights were cancelled, car factories and ports were at a standstill and trains barely ran in Spain and Portugal where unions held their first ever coordinated ...

12)  New home construction is at a standstill. Nearly 19% of homes stand vacant, which places further downward pressure on a ...

13)  The U.S. economy is at a standstill because there is too much government; it is choking us to death.

14)  With the property market at a standstill, selling up isn't easy.

15)  More than 2 million people are without power, mass transit is at a standstill, roads and bridges closed amid severe damage, 29 hospitals are running on generators ...

16)  Public transportation across the region is at a standstill. Schools are closed.

17)  ... the U.S. sharply fell to about 1.4million, putting net migration from Mexico at a standstill.

18)  ... you just feel at a standstill in your current role and you want to develop new skills ...

19)  Much of the East Coast was at a standstill Monday as the storm approached. Mass transit and schools were closed across the region ...

20)  9 months later we were still at a standstill, and I needed to move on. We went to the counsellor together and ...