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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At times there is apparent a rigidity induced by the cinema deep-freeze.
The country is gently being released from the diplomatic deep-freeze.
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