freeze-up

[ freez-uhp ]
/ ˈfrizˌʌp /

noun Informal.

a freezing over of a body of water in an area.
a period of below-freezing temperatures.
the condition of being immobilized or inoperative through freezing: car engine freeze-up in winter.

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Origin of freeze-up

1875–80, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase freeze up
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British Dictionary definitions for freeze-up

freeze-up

noun informal

a period of freezing or extremely cold weather
US and Canadian
  1. the freezing of lakes, rivers, and topsoil in autumn or early winter
  2. the time of year when this occurs
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