halt noun

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.