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    Usage of scrape

    When you are running or walking quickly and you have to stop suddenly, you press(is press fine here?) your feet down firmly on the ground and not lift them - you kind of slide hard on the ground. How do you describe that? Does the below sentence sound natural?

    1) He scraped to a halt.

    Also, please let me know if my question sounds natural.

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    Re: Usage of scrape

    He skidded to a stop. (to skid)
    Cars skid on wet streets, children skid when they run and then stop suddenly on a slick or smooth surface, etc.

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    Re: Usage of scrape

    We often use grind in this context. "The car ground to a halt." While grind implies a grating sound, and is used mostly with motor vehicles, it can also be used figuratively with people.

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    Re: Usage of scrape

    Thanks a lot, DRThomas and riquecohen. Also, please tell me if the below sentence sounds natural, especially the use of press.

    When you are running or walking quickly and you have to stop suddenly, you press(is press fine here?) your feet down firmly on the ground and not lift them - you kind of slide hard on the ground.

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    Re: Usage of scrape

    Press is fine in this sentence.

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