freezeup

freeze-up

[freez-uhp]
noun Informal.
1.
a freezing over of a body of water in an area.
2.
a period of below-freezing temperatures.
3.
the condition of being immobilized or inoperative through freezing: car engine freeze-up in winter.

Origin:
1875–80, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase freeze up

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freeze-up
 
n
1.  a period of freezing or extremely cold weather
2.  (US), (Canadian)
 a.  the freezing of lakes, rivers, and topsoil in autumn or early winter
 b.  the time of year when this occurs

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