put into deep freeze

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

noun
1. temporary inactivity or suspension; "the legislation has now been revived after ten years in the deep freeze" 

verb
1. store in a deep-freeze, as for conservation; "deep-freeze the food" 
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