to come to a grinding halt

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - come to a grinding halt

"to come to a grinding halt"

to gradually slow down and then stop


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - come to a grinding halt

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  This transportation workers' strike is going to be a major problem. As raw materials are depleted, without any incoming stock, more and more production lines will go off-line. Total production will slow down.

Colleague 2:  I agree. And if the strike continues, at some point production will stop altogether.

Colleague 1:  And when production comes to a grinding halt, we will be in big trouble.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - come to a grinding halt

A couple are talking on their mobile phones ...

Wife:  Where are you? I've been sitting waiting in the restaurant for almost an hour now.

Husband:  Sorry. I'm stuck in traffic.

Wife:  What happened?

Husband:  There must be an accident up ahead somewhere because traffic started slowing down about ten blocks back and then just got slower and slower and now it has come to a grinding halt. Traffic is not moving at all.

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to come to a grinding halt - Gerund Form:

Coming to a grinding halt, traffic slowed down to a crawl for twenty blocks and then finally stopped.

to come to a grinding halt - Examples:

1)  If you have come to a grinding halt or are having trouble getting started first thing in the morning, ...

2)  The plant was forced to cease production and shipments of finished fencing slowly come to a grinding halt

3)  ... meaning workers refused to pass the picket and services come to a grinding halt.

4)  ... school bus drivers will not take a decision until later this week. Services come to a grinding halt on Friday as the 2,600-strong workforce mounted an indefinite all-out strike.

5)  ... and the healthcare system has come to a grinding halt due to lack of medical supplies.

6)  At a certain point, my acting career come to a grinding halt because I was no longer the cute little boy.

7)  Judicial processes have come to a grinding halt, and the total prison population has increased 10 per cent in ...

8)  ... to return to help him win the upcoming election, restarting a campaign that had come to a grinding halt.

9)  ... it was hard not to sense deep disapproval and things somehow come to a grinding halt between us.

10)  Union representatives say more than 1,500 workers have been sent home, work has come to a grinding halt, and unprocessed ore has begun to pile up.

11)  When government agencies want to fight such investors, then the economy will come to a grinding halt.

12)  ... warned large infrastructure project could come to a grinding halt unless agreements were put in place to ensure free movement of labour ...

13)  The alternative was catastrophe. Cash machines would stop working, trade would come to a grinding halt, and output would collapse.

14)  When business critical applications become unavailable, operations and productivity come to a grinding halt.

15)  When the saw goes down, downstream productivity and the department's billable hours can come to a grinding halt -- not good for work flow, the customers' deadlines, ...

16)  ... it takes is one little bug to bring an entire system of state-of-the-art industrial machinery coming to a grinding halt.

17)  The House passed only three bills all day, coming to a grinding halt due to a protest from a handful of far-right Republicans who demanded ...

18)  Large parts of the Malaysian economy are just coming to a grinding halt. When the businesses close, hundreds and thousands of people lose ...

19)  However, a less dramatic event could bring Parliament coming to a grinding halt -- a breakdown in drainage.

20)  Trading is slowly coming to a grinding halt ahead of the upcoming Christmas break and we expect more of the ...