Definition Of standstill


a situation or condition in which there is no movement or activity at all.

the traffic came to a standstill

Example Of standstill

  • A crash in Newport Street brought parts of Old Town to a standstill yesterday lunchtime.

  • As he came to a standstill at a stop sign at Acacia Park, two armed men appeared and jumped into his vehicle.

  • During the war years much of the normal mathematical research activity at MIT came to a standstill .

  • For the economy not to slow to a near standstill next year will require further cuts in interest rates by the MPC.

  • For three days traffic was banned from the streets, airports closed and business was forced to a standstill .

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