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come 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.
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