昨天课堂上外教 Tony 给大家讲起了他来中国任教的原因：
“I used to be a plumber when I was young, but ten years later, I found I was at a standstill, so I came to China.”
呵呵，老Tony原来是个水管工，还真是没想到呢......今天就跟大家说一下他这句话里用到的一个短语“at a standstill”，大家可别简单地从字面儿上直译为“依旧站着呆着”哈，你细品一下就会发现，它是“停滞不前、处于停顿状态”的意思，就像我们日常生活中所碰到的“交通瘫痪”、“谈判停顿”等表示进程静止或进展停滞的状态都会用到这个词儿，所以刚才Tony是在说"我年轻的时候是一个水管工，但是十年之后，我发现我停滞不前了，所以我来到了中国。"
come to a standstill/ bring something to a standstill/ at a standstill
If movement or activity comes to or is brought to a standstill, it stops completely.
a condition in which all movement or activity has stopped.
[for something] to slow down and finally stop; to stop completely. (Usually refers to something that is progressing, such as work, traffic, negotiations.)
● At the height of rush hour, traffic comes to a standstill.
● Because of the strike, the production of the factory has come to a standstill.
● Please keep your seat belt fastened until the plane has come to a standstill.
● All the other drivers came to a standstill as the police car, with its flashing lights and siren, sped by.
● Our research came to a standstill after a sudden reduction in funding.
● The runaway bus eventually came to a standstill when it rolled into a muddy field.
● We made an emergency landing, and as soon as the aircraft came to a standstill, we evacuated through the emergency doors.
● Abruptly the group ahead of us came to a standstill.
● As the strike began, the production line came to a standstill.
● It seems like the sun has come to a standstill, hours above the river and the opposite shore.
【Scenario Example 场景示例】
● He was at a standstill for just 7.5secs and returned with his lead still intact.
● Everything is at a standstill and so many people in the underground, just sitting there with nowhere to go.
● Hospitals were reduced to emergency cover, schools were closed, and much of industry was at a standstill.
● The negotiations are basically at a standstill.
● The traffic is at a standstill because of an accident.
● Fighting and shortages have brought normal life to a virtual standstill in the city.
● Ten hours later, however, you could hardly move for people, and the traffic was at a standstill.
● In fact, during the years, American Society was hesitating, virtually at a standstill. There was little economic growth and not much of a rise in the standard of living.