Origin of freezeout
verb (used without object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
verb (used with object), froze, fro·zen, freez·ing.
- Canasta.to play a wild card on (the discard pile) so as to make it frozen.
- Poker.to eliminate (other players) in a game of freezeout.
Origin of freeze
Examples from the Web for freeze-out
Historical Examples of freeze-out
"Won him in a game of freeze-out," he remarked quite viciously.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
But we are to understand that if we do not accept your terms, it's a freeze-out?A Little Journey in the World
Charles Dudley Warner
Ten dollars apiece was the price of a chance, and it was freeze-out at four-bits a chip.Bat Wing Bowles
Africa is the richest “jack-pot” in the game of territorial “freeze-out” played by the European Powers.This Giddy Globe
The minute a man tries to break the ice with this little lady, it's a freeze-out.
verb freezes, freezing, froze (frəʊz) or frozen (ˈfrəʊzən)
Word Origin for freeze
Old English freosan "turn to ice" (class II strong verb; past tense freas, past participle froren), from Proto-Germanic *freusanan (cf. Old Norse frjosa, Old High German friosan, German frieren "to freeze," Gothic frius "frost"), from Proto-Germanic *freus-, equivalent to PIE root *preus- "to freeze," also "to burn" (cf. Sanskrit prusva, Latin pruina "hoarfrost," Welsh rhew "frost," Sanskrit prustah "burnt," Albanian prus "burning coals," Latin pruna "a live coal").
Transitive sense first recorded 14c., figurative sense c.1400. Meaning "become rigid or motionless" attested by 1720. Sense of "fix at a certain level, make non-transactable" is 1922. Freeze frame is from 1960, originally "a briefly Frozen Shot after the Jingle to allow ample time for Change over at the end of a T.V. 'Commercial.' " ["ABC of Film & TV," 1960].
c.1400, from freeze (v.).