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[freez-uhp] /ˈfrizˌʌp/
noun, Informal.
a freezing over of a body of water in an area.
a period of below-freezing temperatures.
the condition of being immobilized or inoperative through freezing:
car engine freeze-up in winter.
Origin of freeze-up
1875-80, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase freeze up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Well, one short-term liquidity freeze-up has been averted, and maybe something good will happen before more bad news strikes.
  • The collapse of the financial industry touched off the freeze-up in the credit markets.
  • If the water hose to the unit has not yet been insulated, consider letting a trickle of water run at night to prevent freeze-up.
  • Occasionally large freeze-up ice jams occur in this reach of the river.
  • Nearshore ice has the ability to change the shoreline as it can encroach upon the land during winter freeze-up times.
  • freeze-up jams occur when prolonged sub-freezing weather allows an ice cover to develop on a river or stream.
British Dictionary definitions for freeze-up


noun (informal)
a period of freezing or extremely cold weather
(US & Canadian)
  1. the freezing of lakes, rivers, and topsoil in autumn or early winter
  2. the time of year when this occurs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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