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    ground to a halt

    All transportation ground to a halt during the strike.

    Hi,
    I know "ground to a halt" in the above means "came to a halt," but what does "ground" mean here? Thanks.

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    Re: ground to a halt

    Think of "ground to a halt" as an idiom, a phrasal verb, or just a cliche. It is simply a very common phrase that means ceased. The "ground" might refer to the grinding noise that machinery sometimes makes as it is failing, but that is only speculation on my part.

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    Re: ground to a halt

    "Ground" is the the past tense of "grind", a verb.
    I am not a teacher.

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