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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
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism

deep-freeze

[deep-freez] /ˈdipˈfriz/
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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Examples for deep-freeze
  • At times there is apparent a rigidity induced by the cinema deep-freeze.
  • The country is gently being released from the diplomatic deep-freeze.
British Dictionary definitions for deep-freeze

deepfreeze

/ˌdiːpˈfriːz/
noun
1.
a type of refrigerator in which food, etc, is stored for long periods at temperatures below freezing
2.
storage in or as if in a deepfreeze
3.
(informal) a state of suspended activity
verb -freezes, -freezing, -froze, -frozen
4.
(transitive) to freeze or keep in or as if in a deepfreeze
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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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