grind to a halt

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Coming to a standstill, or ceasing to be productive or make progress, due to an obstacle.

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  • From windmills. To stop a windmill from turning too quickly, such as during a strong gust of wind, an excess amount of corn would be poured between the grinding stone and the nether stone. The extra pressure would cause the stones to slow down or literally "grind to a halt", and thereby stop the windmill from turning. etymology be sourced?)
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After the visionary's death, work on his ideas ground to a halt.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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