Grind-to-a-halt meaning

(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.

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Origin of grind-to-a-halt

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