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    Could you tell me the meaning of "standhill" or "at a standhill"?

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    Re: standhill

    I believe you mean "stand still."
    Nothing is moving, there is no progress.

    Work on this project has come to a stand still.


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    Re: standhill

    Thank you for your reply.
    But I actually mean "standhill".
    To give an example, "traffic is at a standhill".
    Could you tell me the meaning?


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    Re: standhill

    "Standhill" has no meaning other than as a place name ("he lives at Standhill Farm"). However, "standstill" (spelled as one word) means "a complete stop" and is often used in expressions such as the one you quote---work is at a standstill, traffic is at a standstill, progress is at a standstill, diplomatic talks are at a standstill. Perhaps your source has a typographical error.

    standstill. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

    [native speaker and writer, not a teacher]

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    Re: standhill

    Thanks Del, I should have looked it up to see that it was a closed compound.

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