grind to a halt
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From windmills, where when the wind stops blowing the grinding of wheat into flour would stop.
- (idiomatic, intransitive, of a productive activity) Coming to a standstill, or ceasing to be productive or make progress, due to an obstacle.
- Work on the new high-rise ground to a halt as contractor tried to deal with all the red tape.
- After the visionary's death, work on his ideas ground to a halt.