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noun
a state or period of halted or suspended activity or progress: High interest rates created a deep freeze in housing construction.
suspended animation.
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Idioms about deep freeze

    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 of deep freeze

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45

Other definitions for deep freeze (2 of 3)

deep-freeze
[ deep-freez ]
/ ˈdipˈfriz /

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

Origin of deep-freeze

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

Other definitions for deep freeze (3 of 3)

Deepfreeze
[ deep-freez, -freez ]
/ ˈdipˌfriz, -ˈfriz /

Trademark.
a brand of deep freezer.
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British Dictionary definitions for deep freeze

deepfreeze
/ (ˌdiːpˈfriːz) /

noun
a type of refrigerator in which food, etc, is stored for long periods at temperatures below freezing
storage in or as if in a deepfreeze
informal a state of suspended activity
verb deep-freeze -freezes, -freezing, -froze or -frozen
(tr) to freeze or keep in or as if in a deepfreeze
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