come to a standstill

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When he opened them again, they had come to a standstill underneath a red lamp.
The car had come to a standstill before a white gate, in front of which was stationed a British soldier, with drawn bayonet.
For it is the nature of a log or stone to remain motionless on level ground, and to move when on a slope; if four-cornered, to come to a standstill, but if round-shaped, to go rolling down.