deep freeze

noun
1.
a state or period of halted or suspended activity or progress: High interest rates created a deep freeze in housing construction.
2.
suspended animation.
Idioms
3.
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:
1940–45, Americanism

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deep-freeze

[deep-freez]
verb (used with object), deep-freezed or deep-froze, deep-freezed or deep-frozen, deep-freezing.
1.
to quick-freeze (food).
2.
to store in a frozen state.

Origin:
1945–50, Americanism; deep + freeze

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Example sentences
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.
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