grind to a halt

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From windmills, where when the wind stops blowing the grinding of wheat into flour would stop.

Verb[edit]

grind to a halt (third-person singular simple present grinds to a halt, present participle grinding to a halt, simple past and past participle ground to a halt)

  1. (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.