Complete cessation of activity or progress: Work came to a standstill. (noun)
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Use "standstill" in a sentence
"Investors have speculated about a potential deal since September when the company signed a short-term standstill agreement with Elliott Associates LP, which forfeited its right to further build its stake in order to enter nonpublic talks with the company."
"And it would go up if the economy is brought to a standstill from the loss of undocumented labor."
"Thanksgiving holiday with the announcement that Dubai World would seek a "standstill" - effectively a delay - on repaying some of its debts until at least May."