3. cease, desist, cease and desist, discontinue, leave off, quit, call it a day, Inf. knock off, Inf. call it quits, hang up one's tools, shut down, close down; come to an end, finish up, conclude, draw to a close, run its course; pause, take a break or breather, break off, lapse. -n. 4. stop, stoppage cessation, desistance, discontinuance, stay, standstill; pause, interval, interlude, intermission, break, hiatus, Prosody, caesura; recess, rest, respite, breather, breathing spell or space, time-out.
halt2, v. 1. falter, hesitate, pause; stammer, stutter, sputter, splutter, speak brokenly; stumble, trip, flounder, stagger, bumble, fumble, hobble, wobble.
2. boggle, scruple, have qualms or misgivings, be uncertain or unsure, be in doubt; think twice, take another look, linger over, be indecisive, be betwixt and between, not know one's own mind, get bogged down or lost in, be at sea; waver, fluctuate, sway, vacillate, tergiversate, shift, swing, shuffle, shilly-shally, seesaw, straddle the fence, go back and forth, be of two minds; equivocate, skirt, hedge, evade the issue, beat around the bush, hem and haw, hem, haw, mutter, mumble, hum, Scot. and North Eng. haver, Brit. Dial, mam-mer; delay, play for time, Inf. stall.
halter, n. 1. bridle, harness, headstall, headgear, hackamore; lasso, leash, checkrein, rein, line, rope, thong; governor, control, restraint, trammel, check, curb.
2. noose, hangman's noose or knot, bowstring, gar-rote, strangler; gallows, gibbet, scaffold, Archaic. bough, Brit. Tyburn tree; hanging, execution, capital punishment, death.
halve, v. cut in half, split in two, split, divide, bisect, dichotomize, sever or sunder in two, Obs. dimidiate; share equally, go in together, Inf. go Dutch.
ham, n. 1. Theater Slang, overdramatic actor, Archaic. histrionic; Inf. show-off, exhibitionist, flaunter; Sl. hotshot, Sl. hot dog, grandstander.
-v. 2. Theater Slang, overact, overdramatize, milk a scene, play it for all it's worth, out-Herod Herod, ham it up; make a scene, be theatrical, sentimentalize.
hamlet, n. village, dorp, Archaic, thorp, Amer. Ina. pueblo, crossroads; Inf. jerkwater town, Sl. hick town; town, municipality.
hammer, n. 1. beetle, claw hammer, sledge, sledge hammer, fuller, kevel, maul, rammer, martel; gavel, tapper, mallet, tamper; Firearms, cock.
-v. 2. beat, batter, pound, pommel, pummel, pelt, Sl. paste; cudgel, fustigate, bludgeon, baste, cane, bastinado, club, Sl. clobber; hit, strike, slap, Inf. slug, Inf. wallop.
hammer out shape, form, mold, forge; chisel, carve, cut, roughcast, block out; generate, create, fashion, model, manufacture, make, fabricate.
hammer out produce, cause, effect, bring about, accomplish, carry out, carry through, bring to pass; settle, finish, complete, resolve.
hammer away persevere, persist, attempt repeatedly; plod, drudge, labor, Sl. plug away; keep on, stay at, stick to, hold on, hold out.
hamper1, v. 1. encumber, cumber, hinder, inhibit, hold back; impede, retard, slow, handicap; obstruct, block, oppilate, cramp, choke, smother; frustrate, thwart, interfere with; control, limit, circumscribe, confine, restrict; restrain, check, curb, shackle, bridle, muzzle, trammel; bar, blockade, barricade.
2. curtail, reduce, decrease, diminish, lessen, cut, cut short, cut down, cut back.
hamper2, n. basket, creel, pannier, dosser, punnet, Brit, scuttle, bucket; wicker, wickerwork, hanaper, receptacle, container, holder, box, case, vessel.
hamstring, v. 1. hock, cut [s.o.'s] hamstring; cripple, becripple, lame, make lame; injure, impair, disa-