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deep-freeze

[deep-freez]
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verb (used with object), deep-freezed or deep-froze, deep-freezed or deep-fro·zen, deep-freez·ing.
  1. to quick-freeze (food).
  2. to store in a frozen state.
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Origin of deep-freeze

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; 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.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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Origin of deep freeze

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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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.

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