ground to a halt

  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think the suggestion is that something has gone wrong with the mechanism and it is making grinding noises, which would be uncharacteristic in a healthy car or lorry. If it's grinding, it's pretty likely to stop, and will take a bit of restarting.
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    Allegra Moderata (Sp/Eng, Cat)
    English (U.K.)
    'Grind to a halt' suggests that something stops, specifically in a slow, laboured manner.
    In this context, perhaps production ground to a halt because the market for the product gradually disappeared and individual manufacturers had to redirect their resources towards products in aid of the war effort.
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