ADJ. abrupt, sudden The bus came to an abrupt halt outside the school. | grinding, shuddering The strike brought the capital city to a grinding halt. | temporary | immediate
VERB + HALT come to, draw to, grind to, jolt to, lurch to, scream to, screech to, shudder to, skid to, slide to, slither to The economy seems to be grinding to a halt. The car skidded to a halt just inches from the river. | bring sth to Production was brought to a temporary halt when power supplies failed. | call Scientists have decided to call a halt to the tests. | call for, demand
PREP. ~ in a halt in nuclear testing | ~ to The protesters are calling for a halt to the export of live animals.
ADV. virtually | effectively The strike effectively halted production at the factory. | abruptly All these ideas for expansion were abruptly halted by the outbreak of war. | briefly, temporarily | finally
VERB + HALT try to | threaten to | fail to failing to halt the destruction of the rainforest
PHRASES halt in your tracks A sudden shout made them halt in their tracks and look round. | halt sth in its tracks The development programme has been halted in its tracks by this intervention.