Definition of grind to a halt (or come to a grinding halt) in US English:

grind to a halt (or come to a grinding halt)

phrase

  • Move more and more slowly and then stop.

    • ‘Motorists are concerned that city centre traffic could grind to a halt when the street is closed from October 31.’
    • ‘We breezed into the airport, got our tickets, cleared customs - and came to a grinding halt at immigration.’
    • ‘The bus then slowly ground to a halt.’
    • ‘Less than an hour before, traffic ground to a halt when a truck had a blow-out.’
    • ‘By the time they drove two more blocks, traffic had ground to a halt.’
    • ‘My exercise regime came to a grinding halt about a month ago when I got a knee effusion out of nowhere.’
    • ‘It was roughly at this time I noticed that whenever I spoke emotionally, my speech came slower and slower until grinding to a halt.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, traffic ground to a halt on many major routes due to speed restrictions and fallen trees, police said.’
    • ‘We came to a grinding halt on the side of the road to find petrol leaking from the bottom of the carburettor.’
    • ‘Thanks to some quick measure taken by the authorities, the work on the project which had come to a grinding halt once, has finally reached the completion stage.’