cold storage


: storage (as of food) in a cold place for preservation
: a condition of being held or continued without being acted on : abeyance

Example Sentences

food that has been taken out of cold storage the president's domestic programs had been in cold storage while he attended to a string of international crises
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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cold storage was in 1877

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“Cold storage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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