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noun [singular] standstill pronunciation in American English /ˈstæn(d)ˌstɪl/
  1. a situation in which something stops moving or happening
    be at a standstill:

    The peace process is at a standstill.

    bring something to a standstill:

    This crisis is threatening to bring the country’s economy to a standstill.

    come to a standstill:

    The traffic in Los Angeles came to a standstill yet again today.

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