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freeze-up

[freez-uhp] /ˈfrizˌʌp/
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
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase freeze up
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British Dictionary definitions for freezeup

freeze-up

noun (informal)
1.
a period of freezing or extremely cold weather
2.
(US & Canadian)
  1. the freezing of lakes, rivers, and topsoil in autumn or early winter
  2. the time of year when this occurs
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