Definition of standstill in English:



  • [in singular] A situation or condition in which there is no movement or activity at all.

    ‘the traffic came to a standstill’
    • ‘On match day traffic will come to a standstill in a four-mile jam on the road as supporters travel to Old Trafford.’
    • ‘That a relatively short-lived downpour can cause a city to come to a standstill is a tragedy.’
    • ‘The relevance of football is a discussion for another day, but most of the country came to a standstill during the game.’
    • ‘This had led to mass panic and commercial activities had come to almost a standstill.’
    • ‘Rush hour traffic was brought to a standstill today after a man was killed in an horrific crash on a busy North Yorkshire road.’
    • ‘While we conversed, the whole of Broadheath was brought to a standstill.’
    • ‘The Great London Smog blanketed the capital and brought it to a standstill in December 1952.’
    • ‘A crash in Newport Street brought parts of Old Town to a standstill yesterday lunchtime.’
    • ‘He said there was pushing and shoving like a wheel slide as the train came to a standstill, and the brakes kicked into action.’
    • ‘Mr Perham said traffic would come to a standstill as The Last Post was played in memory of the diggers.’
    • ‘Unless councillors of both councils do something quickly this lovely town of ours is going to come to a standstill!’
    • ‘For three days traffic was banned from the streets, airports closed and business was forced to a standstill.’
    • ‘It is a fact to say that fuel is the engine of the economy and any slight jerk in its supply puts everything at a standstill.’
    • ‘If the world ever went online, the Internet would be overwhelmed and come to a standstill.’
    • ‘The city will come to a standstill the next day when thousands march for the Stop the War Coalition.’
    • ‘During the war years much of the normal mathematical research activity at MIT came to a standstill.’
    • ‘That apart, all flying and ground activities in the airfield have come to a standstill.’
    • ‘For the economy not to slow to a near standstill next year will require further cuts in interest rates by the MPC.’
    • ‘As he came to a standstill at a stop sign at Acacia Park, two armed men appeared and jumped into his vehicle.’
    • ‘Traffic came to a standstill for more than two hours on Monday night.’
    halt, stop, dead stop, stand
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