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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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Examples from the web for deep freeze
  • The nation's nuclear power industry stuck in a decades-long deep freeze is thawing.
  • In this deep freeze, he's numb to all the challenges on the outside.
  • The universe ends as a lifeless autoclave or as a lifeless deep freeze.
  • The deep freeze in private borrowing has begun to thaw, too.
  • To get an idea of how the flexibility of the lung would change, place a carnation in some liquid nitrogen or a super deep freeze.
  • Eventually, to her surprise, she found the bankbook hidden between two hams in the deep freeze.
  • Frigid outdoor temperatures ensure a fast and deep freeze at the eaves.
  • Insects can't be active during the deep freeze, but that doesn't mean you won't see them.
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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