freezeout

or freeze-out

[ freez-out ]
/ ˈfrizˌaʊt /

noun Poker.

a game in which each player begins with a predetermined amount of money and must withdraw from the game once that amount is lost, until one player is left with all the winnings.

Origin of freezeout

1850–55, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase freeze out

Definition for freeze out (2 of 2)

Origin of freeze

before 1000; (v.) Middle English fresen, Old English frēosan; cognate with Middle Low German vrēsen, Old Norse frjōsa, Old High German friosan (German frieren); (noun) late Middle English frese, derivative of the v.

Related forms

Can be confused

freeze frieze
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British Dictionary definitions for freeze out (1 of 2)

freeze out


verb

(tr, adverb) informal to force out or exclude, as by unfriendly behaviour, boycotting, etc

British Dictionary definitions for freeze out (2 of 2)

freeze

/ (friːz) /

verb freezes, freezing, froze (frəʊz) or frozen (ˈfrəʊzən)

noun

sentence substitute

mainly US a command to stop still instantly or risk being shot

Derived Forms

freezable, adjective

Word Origin for freeze

Old English frēosan; related to Old Norse frjōsa, Old High German friosan, Latin prūrīre to itch; see frost
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Medicine definitions for freeze out

freeze

[ frēz ]

v.

To pass from the liquid to the solid state by loss of heat.
To make or become congealed, stiffened, or hardened by exposure to cold.
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Science definitions for freeze out

freeze

[ frēz ]

To change from a liquid to a solid state by cooling or being cooled to the freezing point.
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Idioms and Phrases with freeze out

freeze out


Shut out or exclude by unfriendly treatment; force to retire or withdraw from membership, a job, or the like. For example, They tried to freeze me out of the conversation, or After Bill was frozen out of the case, they hired a new lawyer. [Mid-1800s]

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