Grind-to-a-halt Definition


(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.

Origin of Grind-to-a-halt

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

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