When something is in a standstill, it's not moving or happening at all. Traffic is usually in a standstill when there is a traffic jam.

  • The company is in a standstill because the CEO resigned.

  • The construction project is in a standstill because the workers haven't been able to find the right materials.

Definition of standstill


a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible


dead end, deadlock, impasse, stalemate


an interruption of normal activity


stand, tie-up

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Example Sentences for standstill

  • 1

    The situation goes to a standstill.

  • 2

    I like the idea of a standstill.

  • 3

    The bilateral relations standstill is in effect.

  • 4

    The Hartal took the country to a complete standstill.

  • 5

    The manufacturing of banduras has ground to a standstill.

  • 6

    Activities in the Netherlands came to a standstill during the war.

  • 7

    In the songs you mention, there is a standstill in the blues difference.

  • 8

    Dr. Doomsday has fought the JLA to a standstill in the past.

  • 9

    Eventually the object would come to a standstill at the center of the Earth.

  • 10

    For the first two years, the competing archbishops fought to a standstill.