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Definition of halt noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • an act of stopping the movement or progress of someone or something Work came to a halt when the machine broke down. The thought brought her to an abrupt halt. The car skidded to a halt. Strikes have led to a halt in production. They decided it was time to call a halt to the project (= stop it officially).
  • Idioms
    grind to a halt, come to a grinding halt
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    to go slower gradually and then stop completely Production ground to a halt during the strike. Her career ground to a halt when the twins were born.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: halt