halt Thành ngữ, tục ngữ
call a haltcall a halt
Order something stopped, as in It was getting too dark to see the ball, so the referee called a halt to the match,
or They'd played the march four times, so the conductor called a halt to the rehearsal.
call a halt|call|haltv. phr.
To give a command to stop. The scouts were tired during the hike, and the scoutmaster called a halt. When the children's play, got too noisy, their mother called a halt.
come to a haltcome to a halt
Also, come to a standstill
. Stop, either permanently or temporarily. For example, The sergeant ordered the men to come to a halt,
or With the strike, construction came to a standstill.
Both terms employ come to
in the sense of “arrive at” or “reach,” a usage dating from the 10th century. Also see come to
, def. 2.
grind to a haltslow down and stop (like a machine when it is turned off) The city ground to a halt when the power went off for five hours.
grind to a halt|grind|haltv. phr.
To slow down and stop like a machine does when turned off. The old car ground to a halt in front of the house. The Cardinals' offense ground to a halt before the stubborn Steeler defense.
grinding haltunplanned stop, forced stop When Andy lost his job, their marriage came to a grinding halt.
see call a halt
; come to a halt
; grind to a halt