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deep freeze

a state or period of halted or suspended activity or progress:
High interest rates created a deep freeze in housing construction.
suspended animation.
put in / into the deep freeze, Informal. to stop or suspend the activity or progress of:
A series of quarrels put their romance into the deep freeze.
Origin of deep freeze
1940-45, Americanism


[deep-freez] /ˈdipˈfriz/
verb (used with object), deep-freezed or deep-froze, deep-freezed or deep-frozen, deep-freezing.
to quick-freeze (food).
to store in a frozen state.
1945-50, Americanism; deep + freeze Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We're going to cash in on those the kids dumped in the deep freeze.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • He continued his work at the ravine and expressed joy that a heavy snow would prevent a deep freeze of the gravel.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • He said, "The dust will shut out what dim sunlight there is and the whole planet will be in for a deep freeze."

    Jack of No Trades Charles Cottrell
  • And Mrs. Paine, is that deep freeze the type of deep freeze that you uncover from the top, that is, the lid opens?

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • "deep freeze," the acting-commander of the Queen said succinctly.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • He was in deep freeze as far as any bodily movement was concerned.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
Word Origin and History for deep freeze


registered trademark (U.S. Patent Office, 1941) of a type of refrigerator; used generically for "cold storage" since 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for deep freeze

deep freeze

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in cold storage

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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