freeze out

froze out; frozen out; freezing out; freezes out

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freeze-out \ ˈfrēz-​ˌau̇t How to pronounce freeze out (audio) \ noun

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a housing market that effectively freezes out people of moderate means
Recent Examples on the Web High prices for cultivation licenses, for instance, would freeze out some smaller farmers from the market, said Allan Gandelman, president of the New York Cannabis Growers & Processors Association. Michael Hill, Star Tribune, "Swap the crop? New York hemp farmers eager to grow marijuana," 14 Apr. 2021 State officials are suing the company for using its position in the digital advertising market to freeze out competitors. Washington Post, "Google will spend $7 billion on new buildings and data centers in the U.S. this year, doubling down on a return to the office," 18 Mar. 2021 The heaviest elements freeze out first, settling like sediments into the center of the dead star. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "Some dead stars may harbor enough uranium to set off a thermonuclear bomb," 18 Mar. 2021 New income limits on stimulus checks included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan would freeze out about 200,000 Connecticut adults from receiving the payments, which top out at $1,400. Russell Blair,, "About 200K fewer Connecticut adults would get stimulus checks under new income limits," 4 Mar. 2021 That sort of mandate would freeze out many immigrants, said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Dec. 1 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Daniel Gonzalez, USA TODAY, "As COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, undocumented immigrants fear retribution for seeking dose," 20 Dec. 2020 Cybersecurity experts called the risk largely hypothetical, but that didn't stop the White House from trying to freeze out TikTok in the United States with a pair of executive orders. Brian Fung, CNN, "Trump blew up Tiktok and now nobody knows what's going on," 11 Nov. 2020 That would freeze out Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "The five biggest questions facing college football in Week 9," 29 Oct. 2020 The government alleged in the lawsuit that Google also took steps to freeze out competition in phones that run its Android software, which account for 40% of mobile device usage. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Google’s Exclusive Search Deals With Apple at Heart of U.S. Lawsuit," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of freeze out

1861, in the meaning defined above

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26 Apr 2021

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“Freeze out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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freeze·​out | \ ˈfrēz-ˌau̇t \

Legal Definition of freezeout

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: a corporate action (as a merger) taken by those in control of the corporation (as controlling shareholders or the board of directors) for the purpose of causing the minority shareholders to lose their equity in the corporation (as by the sale of their shares) — compare squeezeout

freeze out

transitive verb

Legal Definition of freeze out (Entry 2 of 2)

: to subject to a freezeout

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