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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 of deep-freeze
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism; 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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  • She put her parcel on a deep-freeze unit and pulled off its paper covering.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The job number called for a deep-freeze showcase, and there were exactly two hundred and seven detail drawings involved.

    Felony James Causey
Word Origin and History for deep-freeze

registered trademark (U.S. Patent Office, 1941) of a type of refrigerator; used generically for "cold storage" since 1949.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for deep-freeze

deep freeze

Related Terms

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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