halt verb

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.