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deep freeze



  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.



[ deep-freez ]

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 frozen state.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of deep freeze1

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45

Origin of deep freeze2

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; deep + freeze

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Idioms and Phrases

  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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Example Sentences

In 1992, an object about a tenth the diameter of Pluto was found orbiting the sun “in the deep freeze of space well beyond the orbits of Pluto and Neptune,” as Science News described it.

That would have cast a long shadow, one that imposed a deep freeze on Jupiter’s birthplace.

For this reason, in 2019 two different research teams independently made the radical suggestion that Jupiter had originated in the deep freeze beyond the current orbits of Neptune and Pluto, then spiraled inward toward the sun.

Those six went into the deep freeze, while Claudy had surgery and chemotherapy.

They’re moving northward, bleeding dry whole generations of moose calves in the process, but a midwinter deep freeze won’t make much of a difference, since they’re already buried deep in their host’s fur.

But with the outbreak of hostilities in mid-2011, all festivities were thrust into the deep freeze.

It would seem Bennett has decided to defrost a security perspective that went into deep-freeze in the 1970s.

At some point, the fro-yo business could run into a deep freeze.

Its plunge into bankruptcy caused the entire global financial system to go into a deep freeze.

It looks like Iran is headed for the diplomatic deep freeze yet again.

And Mrs. Paine, is that deep freeze the type of deep freeze that you uncover from the top, that is, the lid opens?

He said, "The dust will shut out what dim sunlight there is and the whole planet will be in for a deep freeze."

She put her parcel on a deep-freeze unit and pulled off its paper covering.

He continued his work at the ravine and expressed joy that a heavy snow would prevent a deep freeze of the gravel.

The job number called for a deep-freeze showcase, and there were exactly two hundred and seven detail drawings involved.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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