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standstill

When anything comes to a standstill, it stops moving, either literally coming to a motionless stop, or ceasing to make any progress.

If you and your brother try to agree on what kind of pizza to order, but your negotiations come to a standstill, it means that neither one of you will budge or compromise, and you've reached a dead end. During rush hour on a busy highway, traffic often comes to a standstill — it simply stops. This "cessation of movement" meaning came first.

Definitions of standstill
  1. noun
    a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible
    synonyms: dead end, deadlock, impasse, stalemate
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    type of:
    situation
    a complex or critical or unusual difficulty
  2. noun
    an interruption of normal activity
    synonyms: stand, tie-up
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    type of:
    halt, kibosh, stop
    the event of something ending
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